The Creek Reform Warriors, a recently emerged militant group operating in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, has given the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, a firm deadline of two weeks to unconditionally rehire local workers from the Ogulagha and Odimodi communities in Delta State. These workers were dismissed in 2019.
This militant group has issued a grave warning, stating that if the oil company fails to comply with their demand to reinstate the affected workers, they will take drastic measures. Specifically, they threaten to shut down SPDC facilities and bring the country’s oil production to a complete halt, reaching zero percent.
Waffi TV reporters tried to obtain comments from SPDC’s Media Relations Manager, Bola Essien-Nelson, on this recent development. However, she did not respond to phone calls or inquiries made on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Leader of the deadly group, self-styled Commander Igbokuro Tinwei, in a statement, threatened: “If these workers from Ogulagha and Odimodi communities are not recalled, all SPDC operations in the Niger Delta, including their pipelines, will be shut down. This is going to be a do or die.”
“We are not joking; we have a team of specialists in different fields. Our struggle is for the liberation of our people from the unemployment in the hands of SPDC, and other International Oil Companies, IOCs, operating in the region.
“We can boldly tell the world that all preparations and plans are on the ground to bring down the Nigerian crude oil production to zero production and this will continue until the IOCs employ our people, there will be no going back.”
According to the militant group, Shell had made a commitment to reinstate the workers shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the group claims that the company repeatedly failed to fulfill this promise.
The group emphasizes that Shell should not only recall and reinstate the dismissed workers at the Forcados Terminal located in the Ogulagha community but also create additional job opportunities for qualified individuals from the oil-producing communities.