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Aggrieved youths barricade ExxonMobil gates over oil spill

29 March 2016, 17:37

Lagos - Youths from Eket Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom barricaded the gates of Mobil Airstrip and Housing Estate and paralyzed activities at the facilities.

The youths were said to be protesting the delay in payment of compensation to Eket, which was affected by an oil spill in 2011.

Over 100 protesters carried placards with inscriptions “ExxonMobil Release our Money’, ‘ExxonMobil Enough is Enough’, ‘Ibeno, Esit Eket and Onna have been paid why Eket?’, ‘We will not leave until our money is paid’ among others.

Also read: IG warns youths against shutting down ExxonMobil's production

The protesters barricaded the entrance of the airstrip with plant suckers and traditional injunctions to prevent staff and visitors from entering or going out of the premises.

The Eket Youth Leader, Godwin Nduaesa said that their action became necessary because the three core oil communities of Ibeno, Onna and Esit-Eket had been paid their oil spill palliatives since 2015 while Eket was left out.

- News 24

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