From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
There was palpable apprehension, yesterday, as residents of Okpare-Olomu, Edjophe, Iwhrekan and Otor-Edo communities in Ughelli South Local Government area of Delta State panicked over water pollution, following massive oil spill in the areas.
It was gathered from community sources that the spill emanated from a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and has been on for five days running.
They attributed the spillage to equipment failure, but added that NPDC officials claimed it was due to activities of saboteurs.
Edjophe Community Chairman, Mr. College Akpoughegbe, told our correspondent that the spill had severely impacted all nearby communities and fishing creeks in the area since it occurred last Friday.
It was gathered that officials of NPDC, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Delta State Government on Tuesday carried out a Joint Investigation to ascertain the true cause of the spill but the result was not immediately available.
On a trip to the area on Wednesday, it was observed that the popular Okpare River in Delta State was massively littered with crude oil, while farmlands belonging to Iwhrekan, Edjophe and Otor-Edo communities have been ravaged and the residents have envisaged fear of the unknown as they called on the state Government and other well meaning Deltans to come their aid.