People of Okpoama Community in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have raised an alarm over oil spillage at an oilfield operated by Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC).
The chairman of Okpoama Kingdom Chiefs’ Council who doubles as the community spokesman, Chief Inikio Sele-Dede made this known during an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
He lamented that the pollution was causing untold hardships to the predominantly fishing population in the area.
He disclosed that youths had threatened to attack the Agip CudenTerminal in Brass over the leakage, which occurred along the 243 Ogoda-Brass Trunk line operated by NAOC at Ikuiku, near Ewoama-Brass in Bayelsa State, but were restrained.
Sele-Dede said the spill, the second in the area since last May, was discovered on the 8th of October and that it had continued to discharge crude into the creeks and damaging the environment.
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The spokesman lamented that the leaking oil had spread to Fantuo, Canus Kiri Okpongbokiri, Inibomoye Kiri, Alafurughakiri and Inengigha kiri because of tidal currents.
“In May this year we had a similar incident not far from the current spill site,” he said.
“In this case, just like the previous case, Agip officials came secretly to attempt to stop the leakage, but were overwhelmed by the pressure.
“You can imagine the quantum of oil that has gone into the creeks, given the number of days of leakage from October 8.”
“I understand the anger of the youth because the company which provides power in the community has not provided power to the community in recent times.”
Sele-Dede appealed to the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency to intervene in the management of the spill.
Meanwhile, a team of the NAOC has visited the site.