Oil spillage noticed in the early hours of Monday, March 15, in Tsekelewu (Polobubo) Communities, Warri North Council Area of Delta State has reportedly killed one, leaving many others, including children, hospitalised.
According to The Nation, the President of Polobubo Bloc of communities, Mr Paul Toruwei has sent a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to the the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva and the Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari.
In the SOS, Toruwei stated that the spillage occurred at the Opuama flow station, which is under oil mining lease (OML) 40.
The facility is said to be operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/Elcrest E&P Joint Venture.
The President, who appealed to the Federal Government to save the people from dying, lamented the “devastating effects of the spill on all water bodies and swamp forest of the communities” in the company’s operational area which includes Opuama, Polobubo and their bloc/satellite communities.
Toruwei appealed to the Federal Government to urgently come to their aid in order not to record more deaths and prevent the people from further harm.
He said the incident has caused sorrow and anguish among residents, disclosing that the deceased, identified as Pa Anthony Ebiogbowho, who is a citizen of Opuama community, died as a result of gas inhaled from the crude oil spillage.
Calling on relevant authorities for urgent intervention, the president has equally demanded for health care, relief materials and other necessities for the residents in order to ameliorate the pains of the disaster and compensate them for having been denied of their source of livelihoods as a result of the spillage.
“Economic activities have been grounded. As a matter of fact, throughout Sunday, March 14, 2021 residents couldn’t cook because of fear of fire outbreak as a result of gas exudates from the said pipeline, that enveloped the whole vicinity,” the community president stated.