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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Heavy Shooting At Escravos In Warri This Morning - Armed Troops Storm's Chevron’s $8.4bn Facility In Delta State


There was panic in the Escravos in  Warri area of Delta State on Saturday morning as armed troops storms the Escravos Gas to Liquid facility to break the week long industrial action by aggrieved workers. It was learnt that armed troops shoot their way into the camp, which has been shut down by the angry workers since Monday morning.

Panic workers at the facility told reporters “The soldiers came yesterday and gave us ultimatum to open up the premises or face the consequences. They waited till about 5 pm and left. That was yesterday (Friday). “But they came back this morning and shot their way in. They cut the wire fence and started beating everybody with whips and hitting them with their gun. They were firing teargas and shooting sporadically,” source added.

Workers had grounded activities at the $8.4bn EGTL over disagreement with management and alleged poor working conditions. They complained about the health hazard of their jobs at the favility, lack of proper remuneration and poor quality food since Chevron took over the facility from the builders. Some workers were fleeing the facility in boats at the time of this report (6am) on Saturday morning.