An oil spill currently ravaging Jesse and other adjourning communities in Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State is brewing fresh crisis, 17 years after the biggest pipeline explosion in the country happened in the community and killed over a thousand persons.
President General of Jesse community, Chief Austin Omonode, who spoke with Vanguard, yesterday, attributed the spill to a ruptured pipeline passing through the community, hinting that local vigilantes from the area, noticed the spill on Friday.
“We can’t really tell the content of the spill but I think its a mixture of oil which has affected aquatic life and other farm produce in Jesse town, Atiwhor, Ugbomoya, Ajakatite and other surrounding communities.
“As I talk to you now, (Sunday), we are yet to see any official from the relevant various oil ang governmental agencies or companies visiting the sites of the spill to curtail or monitor the extent of damages done so far.”
When Vanguard contacted the External Relations Officer for the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), Mr. Ugo Atugboko, he directed the reporter to SEPLAT for comments.