Nembe community protest against AGIP

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Hundreds of youths and women from Egebekiri community in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State took over the Obama flowstation, operated by Nigeria Agip Oil Company, disrupting oil production for hours, The Guardian reports.

They were protesting against the multinational oil company over its alleged neglect of the community.The community folks took their peaceful demonstration, which took place on the community river to the Obama flowstation operated by the firm, resulting in the disruption of production in four oil wells, 5, 7, 9 and 12.

They are aggrieved that Agip has allegedly failed to pay them any form of royalties or related with them officially since the company began oil exploration in the community over 40 years ago. The community lamented that despite a Supreme Court judgment of 13 July 2007, which confirmed them as the legal owners of the land hosting the oilfields, Agip had continued to give their rights and benefits to some persons in neighbouring communities.