The people of Ekole Creek in Bayelsa all cried out that a massive oil leak
from an oil field operated Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekole Creek is around Agbura
and Otuokpoti communities in Ogbia and Yenagoa local government areas
residents told NAN that crude oil deposits from the spillage measured
about five centimeter thick on the surface of the water.
has scared the fish, crayfish and shrimps away into the high sea beyond
the reach of artisanal fishermen.
who also scooped the crude, said bathing in the river is no longer safe
for residents as those who did complained of itching all over their
the people of Otuokpoti community have appealed to the government of
Bayelsa to provide relief materials to ameliorate the plight of the
letter signed their Paramount ruler, Chief Cousin Wongo and Chairman,
Community Development Committee, Mr Simpson Isikpi, the community noted
that the spillage polluted the entire river.
to the letter, the incident has negatively affected the economic life
of the people as the river serves as a major source of income to members
of the community.
in the same vein, spokesman of the youth wing of the Ogbia Brotherhood,
Mr Lamawal Wilfred called on operators of affected pipeline to send
experts to ascertain the cause of the leak.
NAN Correspondent visited the community, residents were seen scooping
crude into containers, while the whole air was polluted the gas from
Filippo Cotalinni, Media Relations Manager, at Eni, parent company of
NAOC has yet to respond to a request for comments on the incident.