A gas explosion emanating from the Creek Trunk Line operated by the Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company in the community has left some many persons missing and properties worth thousands of Naira destroyed in Bayelsa State
The explosion had caused tension among Indigenes of the seven communities of Nembe in Nembe Local Government area of the state.The explosion, which occurred at 4am near Oil Well 7 on Friday, sacked Indigenes of the affected communities and many are reported missing including children.
We gathered that the operators Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) had shut down for emergency repairs following the detection of oil leakage.
The Nembe communities affected include Nembe creek 1, 2 and 3, Fatuo and Kalablomi.
Eye witness, told newsmen that the gas explosion has polluted the air and water in the area, bringing fishing activities in the communities to a standstill.
When contacted on the development, the spokesman for the Nembe council Chiefs, Nengi James–Eriworio, confirmed the development and described it as “massive destruction of the area with air and water heavily polluted”.
James-Eriworio said, “People have deserted the area and the company has refused to respond despite a series of emergency calls”
“As at the time of filling this report at 6pm, the fire is still raging. The incident is uncalled for and questionable. The people are afraid. Women and children are missing”
He called on the oil exploration company to be mindful of the welfare of indigenes. This is a large scale explosion. We are calling on the Federal Government agencies to investigate and respond to salvage the people. The incident has caused air and water pollution