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Nigeria oil plant occupation ends
Chevron Texaco flow station near Kula  (Pic: Friends of the Earth)
Kula villagers feel marginalised by oil companies
Nigerian villagers have ended their three-day occupation of three oil installations in the Niger Delta.

Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell said the protestors on its two plants had departed to nearby village Freetown, on Tuesday.

Earlier, US company ChevronTexaco said Ijaw villagers had also halted their protest at its oil flow facility.

Both firms will discuss with protesters their demands for greater regional investment on Wednesday.

"They have all left. They have gone to an adjoining village called Freetown," a Shell spokesman told AFP.

The protest was over claims that villagers had been overlooked for jobs.

Such protests are common in the Delta region. Although the Delta region produces the bulk of Nigeria's crude oil, most people live in poverty.

Men and women from the Kula community in River state had stormed at the three oil installations on Sunday.

The lost production is estimated at about 90,000 barrels a day. Nigeria's normal daily output is about 2.5 million barrels.

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