Some members of a community in Bayelsa on Wednesday disrupted oil production at Adibawa Oil field operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), shutting two oil wells.
A reliable source, who pleaded anonymity, said that the protesters were from Tanbiri II, Biseni in Yenagoa who were demanding power supply from the nearby oil facility.
Two oil wells, Adibawa well 4 and Adibawa well 10 feeding the Adibawa flow station, were shut down by the protesters.
News correspondent, who visited the oil fields, reports that hundreds of residents comprising youths, women and elders blocked the access road to the shut oil wells, singing solidarity songs amidst songs from local musical instruments.
Mr Oyeso Atena, the Youth President of Biseni Community, said that they were aggrieved over the inability of SPDC to link the community to a power plant located at Adibawa flow station in spite of several meetings.
“We took the step as a last resort following several talks; the oil firm had given us hope, but they later backed out by telling us that the transmission line to our community is not strong enough and cannot carry the power.
“We have several oil wells here and merely shutting two of them has put the entire Adibawa flow station out of action and that shows that without the oil wells from here, the flow station cannot fire and we are just asking that they should give us electricity from that facility.