I never knew Chevron could be as wicked as this. Acording to reports from Sahara reporters, a particular Ms Eyoeyibo Girli was ordered beaten by Military forces for leading a work stoppage force against a sub-contractor of the company Escravos gas. The force led by Girli was to request for improvement of laid-off workers compensation due to the illness they developed from the company as a result of contact with toxic materials . Reports claim she was thoroughly beaten and slammed to the ground several times by Military officials under the control of Chevron.
Escravos Gas Liquid Project, a sub-contractor of the giant Chevron Oil Company, has come into focus with a series of bizzare events taking place in the middle of February that has left roughly more than one dozen people, now former company employees, recovering from an attack that included the use of tear gas, gunfire, and brutal beatings, allegedly directed from Chevron officials.
The brutal beatings and attacks took place on the night of February 14th following a series of work stoppages, and work slow downs, at the Escravos plant between February 10th, through the 14th. The labor action came after workers were told earlier in the month that they would soon lose their jobs at an undetermined point in time.
SaharaReporters has learned that scores of the
workers who toiled at the company plant in Escravos
had grave health concerns from their time spent.there. In addition to the threat of imminent lay-offs at the end of their shifts, the price of their labor also meant a compromise in their health. The compromise has been costly. Many suffer from the remnants of illnesses connected with working closely with toxic materials. From breathing and skin disorders, to many suffering from various forms of cancer, the announcement that they would be fired from their jobs, without financial compensation wa the last straw.
It is unclear just what occurred during the three-day series of work slow downs some call a strike, but Chevron company officials singled out one worker, Ms. Eyoeyibo Girli. Continue
According to several witnesses, and Escravos plant employees, sometime after mid-night on February 14th Chevron’s Security Detail, including men from
the Nigerian Army, and a military Mobile Force, cut and broke through a wired fence to the employee compound and wrecked havoc. Tear gas canisters were fired onto the grounds and into targeted sleeping quarters. Employees who were up and about were randomly beaten. Gunshots were fired into buildings of the sleeping workers, including gunfire aimed at the mess hall where some of the workers hid.
Eyoeyibo Girli was one of several leaders of the work stoppages, and now in the middle of a late night attack, became a target of the military-style surge on the employee compound. She was reportedly punched, kicked, and slammed to the ground by a team of heavily armed men. Her screams cut through the camp, and were heard by every employee on the compound. The beating stopped when one of the armed men was overheard saying, “stop, she is dying. Enough.”
Eyewitnesses told SaharaReporters that fellow employees who survived the attacks, later moved
Eyoeyibo Girli to the Chevron Clinic a short distance away. She laid there for at least 48 hours attached to an oxygen bag, and fluid drip in a coma. She miraculously regained consciousness five days later, on February 19th, and moved to the Vertimon Clinic
in Warri. She was not alone as at least eight other fellow employees were moved to the same facility. The eight other employees were later handed over to the Nigeria police at Effurun, in Delta State by the Nigerian Army. They were detained nine days before
being granted bail. What has taken place in the weeks since the February 14th attacks on the Chevron Workers compound, those workers left behind, the eight employees in the hands of police, and Eyoeyibo Girli, is unclear. What is known is that Eyoeyibo Girli was discharged from the facility as an outpatient, but her whereabouts are unknown.
SaharaReporters obtained a legal letter and document written to Chevron Company officials demanding answers, and also, financial compensation to all of the employees attacked that
night. That letter was written by P.E. Uwadiae, a civil attorney who is calling for a payment of Ten Million Naira for each of the employees brutalized
the night of the attacks. The attorney is also calling. for the sum of Twenty Million naira, to be paid to Ms. Eyoeyibo Girli, who nearly lost her life that night.
At press time, neither officials from Chevron Oil, nor officials from Escravos Gas Liquid Project, the sub- contractor in this case, have issued public statements regarding this case, or the controversial use of military officials in a private labor matter.