By Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Chevron -owned multi-million naira Escravos-Gas-To-Liquid (EGTL) project in Warri South West local government area of Delta State Monday evening ran into troubled waters, as trigger happy soldiers shot dead three workers and severely injured others for yet undisclosed reasons.
Similarly, angry workers, Tuesday afternoon, razed down an EGTL main booking office block at Escravos, just as they have remained adamant to appeals by Itsekiri youth leaders to return to work.
Two of the deceased, simply identified as Ebi and Torufa, were later flown by Chevron to Warri, while the injured ones are currently receiving treatment at Chevron’s clinic in Warri, with report that one died yesterday.
Vanguard gathered that trouble started at about 5:20pm Monday evening when the workers got back to their residential camp at the close of job but were allegedly denied entry by overzealous security men.
It was gathered that the workers became angry and confusion ensued with the management of HHI, a sub-contractor to Chevron in the EGTL project, inviting the security operatives to quell the near riotous situation. In the process, the security menÂ allegedly opened fire on the workers, killing two persons on the spot and injuring others.
Vanguard learnt that the soldiers continued their sporadic shooting till about 9:pm Monday night, resulting in stray bullets hitting and injuring a worker right in his room.
At the time of filing this story, the workers in their large numbers were all on rampage, having defied appeals from leaders as Mr. Ayiri Emami, Mr. Thomas Ereyitomi and Chairman of Warri South-West local government council, Mr. George Ekpemupolo.
The workers told Vanguard on GSM that their management had not addressed them till now on the issues concerning the death of their colleagues and would, therefore, not resume normal job in the circumstances. Efforts by Vanguard to speak with key management staff of SGC, the major contractor to Chevron on the project and the Itsekiri youth leaders, yielded no result as none picked up his call.