SaharaReporters has learned that the corporate management of Shell Petroleum in the Niger Delta region have ordered that their employees refrain from any external movements between today and 8am on Monday, May 30th.

An employee with Shell told SaharaReporters that an email was sent to staff following the latest bombing of the Chevron tank farm in Escravos, Warri South Local Government Area (LGA) in Delta State by the Niger Delta Avengers.

The email noted that “as you know, May 29 is Democracy Day and also the 1st anniversary of the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

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The correspondence continued by saying, “the safety of our people and assets remain my utmost priority and therefore in line with our continuing policy of ‘prudent overreaction’, the following measures are designed to further reduce exposure to staff during this period.”

“From midnight today, May 26 until 0800 Monday, May 30 all external movements from Forcados, Escravos, and the Ogbe-Ijoh operational area should cease. However, the Forcados Export Line work can continue in line with the standing security plan.”

The Niger Delta Avengers, the newest militant group operating in the Niger Delta area, took credit for the explosion of the Escravos tank farm yesterday. In a Tweet to SaharaReporters the group said “we warned Chevron but they didn’t listen.”

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