BY EMMA AMAIZE
OBIARUKU—NDOKWA Youth Vanguard, NYV, in Delta State, has alleged that oil companies, security agents and oil thieves, collude to vandalize pipelines and steal crude oil in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state.
NYV president and coordinator of oil pipeline surveillance in the area, Comrade Ozegbe Adoh, said in a statement signed by the publicity secretary, Mr. Joseph Odanike, that the group was shocked to discover on August 12 that security agents in army uniform were providing protection for oil thieves vandalizing a pipeline.
He said: “It has come to my notice that the constant oil spillages in Ndokwa land are as a result of the companies’ representatives and some security agency to steal our oil, the oil bunkers are encouraged by the Pakistan Oil company.
“The activities of the bunkers have destroyed a large portion of our aquatic life. This is serving as a warning to the state and Federal Governments that if they fail to call this company to order, we will take our own action to address this neglect.
“On August 12, 2013, the federal surveillance team in Ndokwa West traced some suspected oil bunkerers to the PPL oil company pipeline, and discovered that the heavy presence of some men in army uniform, they all laid ambush awaiting those that will challenge them.
“But the team (NYV) does not have materials to challenge them so they came back and put up a call to the company representative of which there was no positive response. The vandalized PPL pipeline is close to Ase Creek, by the Umusadege land area”.
“A call was made to the PPL oil company but they rebuffed the call, till now nothing has been done to clean up the environment, and restore genuine security checks in the area.”
NYV called on the management of PPL to immediately commence the cleanup of the affected area or regret the consequences of this gross neglect and disrespect of Ndokwa people.