By Onome Oghenetega
At least one person has been reported dead after crude oil spill from a ruptured pipeline alleged to be operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/ELCREST Joint Venture ravaged Polobubo (Tsekelewu) communities in Warri North Local Government Areas of Delta State.
The incident which reportedly occurred on Sunday also resulted in the hospitalization of several indigenes of the communities.
The President of Polobubo (Tsekelewu) communities, Mr. Paul Toruwei, confirmed the incident to NIGER DELTA TODAY (NDT) Online, saying the ruptured line is major pipeline transporting crude oil from Opuama flow station in Oil Mining Lease (OML40).
Toruwei, in a statement on Monday, said the incident threw residents of the communities into confusion and mourning as the smell from the crude led to the death of one Pa Anthony Ebiogbo of Opuama Community.
“To forestall further damages to residents of the affected communities, I’m urgently called on the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Sylva and the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Okowa to prevail on the management of NPDC/ELCREST to swing into action and take remedial actions by containing the further spread of the spillage.
“They should also provide medical care, food, water and other necessities in order to save the lives of residents who have been denied their source of livelihood”, Toruwei further added.
The Communities also called on NOSDRA, DPR and Ministry of Environment to activate the process of JIV to ascertain the cause of the spill as well as to compensate the affected communities.