About fifty persons from Okrika local government area of Rivers state have been treated at various hospitals within the last three days from poison allegedly caused by gas eruption from an NNPC pipeline in Ibuluya, Dikibo part of the local government.
Youths from the area yesterday, staged a protest against the NNPC for allegedly failing to service most of its pipelines that run through the local government.
A youth leader from Ibuluya Dikibo who spoke on the incident said youths of the area had no choice but to storm the street in protest against the oil giant. “The situation in my community is dangerous. We can no longer breathe well; a lot of people have been rushed to the hospitals due to several health difficulties as a result of the gas leakage.”
Adding, President of Okrika Youths, Oranye Franklyn said corrosive nature of the pipelines was responsible for the eruption. He also urged the federal government to prevail on NNPC to bury it pipes in the ground, adding that most of them were on the surface.
Chairman of Okrika Local Council, Mr. Tamuno Williams said he was aware that about sixty villagers had gone to the hospital for medical attention because of the gas leakage. While appealing to the youths to be calm, he said efforts were on to avert a re occurrence of the ugly situation. Williams also enjoined the federal government to replace most of the pipes in the area, stressing that they had become very obsolete since they were laid about forty years ago.