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Shell revises production forecasts after oil spills

LAGOS — Royal Dutch Shell is warning it cannot meet production goals in Nigeria after several pipeline spills in the oil-rich southern delta.

A Shell spokesman said this week that its Nigerian subsidiary has declared “force majeure” on its Bonny Light crude shipment until the end of October. The term is used when it is impossible for an oil company to cover the promised supply from the field.

Tony Okonedo said one pipeline recorded six spills, caused by hacksaw cuts, in Bayelsa State over the past few weeks.

He said three cuts on a nearby pipeline caused three more spills Sunday.

Shell’s pipelines run across Nigeria’s oil-rich region of swamps, mangroves and creeks. Nigeria is a top supplier of crude to the United States.


Policemen get jail time over student’s death

OUAGADOUGOU — A judge this week sentenced three policemen to prison over a student’s death that sparked months of protests that left at least six dead.

Two policemen were sentenced to 10 years in prison and the other to eight years over the February death of Justin Zongo.

Mr. Zongo’s family said they agreed with the verdict.

Uprisings began in the impoverished West African nation in late February when students protested over accusations that Mr. Zongo was mistreated while in custody. The government said he had had meningitis.

The unrest spread across Burkina Faso. Soldiers started a mutiny that threatened President Blaise Compaore’s 24-year rule. He tried to stem the unrest by dissolving the government and removing the country’s security chiefs.

From wire dispatches and staff reports