By Jimitota Onoyume
The People of Polobubo (Tsekelewu) community in Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State, have said a particular oil well operated by Chevron Nigeria Limited is in their land, dismissing media reports describing it as located in Ilaje area of Ondo State.
At a meeting with the state government, the community and the oil company at Government House, Annex, Warri, President Polobubo (Tsekelewu) National Council, Mr Ebilate Mac-Yoroki said they were disturbed by some stories in the media describing the oil well, which they know as Ikpalapkala-Bou oil well, in their area being called Ojumale oil-well, in Ondo State.
The community leaders at the meeting enjoined Chevron to ensure the oil well was properly identified with their Polobubo(Tsekelewu) community, warning that they will resist any move to describe the facility to its neighbouring community.
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They also urged the oil company to put out the fire on the facility that had been ranging since April 18, noting that the community has been suffering massive pollution from the inferno.
Mr Tony Emegere of Policy, Government and Public Affairs, PGPA, Department of the oil company at the meeting said the company had been very careful not to ignite crisis between the two communities by its actions, adding also that it was not its duty to determine owners of the area where the oil well is located.