SHELL’S PLANNED VISIT TO LEAKAGE SIT TEARS 2 WARRI NORTH COMMUNITIES APART

2009-01-23

Warri-shell petroleum development company )SPDC), proposed joint investigation Visit, JIV, to a leaking pipe in Warri south council area of Delta state, has set two communities on war path, even as four persons are reported missing while four others sustained injury.
Speaking to newsmen in Warri, yesterday, the chairman of Orere-Uluba community, Mr. Sunday Titon, said the SPDC invited them for the JIV inspection at Akpulala in their community area where they needed to clamp a leaking pipe.
Titon said after two previous disappointments by SPDC, they now told them that they were ready for the inspection but insisted that they should get a call first from SPDC before they move to the site.
According to him, when the call came we moved, but to our greatest surprise, when they got there no SPDC officials was around but the equipment to execute the job has been taken to the site the previous day by Orere youths.
He disclosed, however, that the point of leakage was a disputed area between the people of Orere in Warri South and Ughoton in Okpe Council area of the state, adding that the matter was before the federal High Court in Benin City.
Mr. Titon said SPDC knew who they use to deal with in the area and that informed why they invited Orere community.
He further stated that while they were there, still wondering why no SPDC official was around, Ughoton youths trooped to the site with dangerous weapons and descended heavily on them injuring four and abducting four others in the process.
The names of the four injured Orere youths were given as Michael Ofianyibe, Christopher Omotoloye, Charley Agbolu and Eremoje Jarikpe.
They were rushed to the “A” Division Police Station, Warri where the attack was reported and are now being treated at an undisclosed private hospital.
Commenting on the incident, the DPO in charge of the “A” Division, SP Paddy Ogon, said it was not a communal fracas but minor incident involving some youth from both communities.
Titon told journalist that the injured youths are at pains and called on security agents and the state government to help secure the release of their sons from the Ughoton people as they went to the site unarmed and were innocent.

 

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