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Militant attacks: Oil companies evacuate over 700 staff from Bayelsa

12 July 2016, 09:38

Bayelsa - Over 700 staff of International Oil Companies (IOCs) and their local counterparts from oil and gas platforms in Bayelsa State are being evacuated over persistent militant attacks.

The mass evacuation of workers from Bayelsa State began when the militants shifted attacks on installations to the state.

This came as the Federal Government is considering the request of the United States of America (USA) to help her tackle militancy in the Niger Delta, New Telegraph has learnt.

The group carried out the first known major attack on oil installation in the state at the weekend.

Also read:Bayelsa orders reopening of shut Agip oil wells

The affected facility belongs to Chevron, which has been the major victim of attacks by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

News24 previously reported that the militants in Niger Delta hit Chevron once again, this time destroying two additional facilities in the latest addition to their reign of terror.

The latest attack marks the fourth facility owned by Chevron that has been blown up within the space of a month.

The attacks are suspected to be the result of a revenge plot being staged by militant group Niger Delta Avengers, who claim their directive to Chevron is being ignored.

- News 24


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