Reckless Oil Spill Kills 15 in Rivers State.


Nigeria – A recent oil spill at one of the facilities of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), has killed about 15 persons in Emago/Kugbo community in Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Omini Walson-Asaco, spokesman of the community stated this before the members of Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Environment, held at the Assembly Complex in Port Harcourt.
Dr. Walson-Asaco said that the spill was caused by an explosion, pointing out that Agip had not carried out remediation and clean-up of the area.
Responding to the allegation, the Government Relations Manager of Agip, Ijuwe Albert, told the Committee that the spill was an act of sabotage. According to him, the act of “using explosives” on Agip’s facilities had returned in the area, noting that the company had recorded several cases of sabotage with explosives and other destructive devices on their pipelines.
In his response, the Deputy Speaker and lawmaker representing the community wondered why Agip should carry out investigation without involving the host community. He accused Agip of making pre-emptive accusations.