Illicit activities of oil pipeline vandals have left holes on a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) and resulted in crude oil spills in Ikarama community, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The damaged pipeline in Ikarama oil fields was said to be spewing oil from three points into the environment after vandals attacked it.
Ikarama is known as a hotbed for pipeline sabotage in the Niger Delta region with Agip raising the alarm that 90 per cent of the spills that had occurred so far in the area were the handiwork of oil thieves.
Two of the compromised spots were said to be discharging crude oil while the other point was said to be spewing gas.
According to a field report by Environmental Rights Action/Friends of Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), the incident happened on two different pipelines within the oil field.
The report signed by the Bayelsa State Head of Field Operations in ERA/FoEN, Mr. Alagoa Morris, said the oil thieves excavated the earth to expose the pipelines.
Morris said after scooping the product, they left the lines exposed and fled.
He said ERA dispatched its field monitors to the spill site after getting a report of the incident from members of the community.
The report said: ?The spills were discovered on the 21st of March 2014, by Mr. Washington Odoyibo from Ikarama community while he was going to assist a friend on a fishing expedition.
?He promptly called the Yenagoa office of Environmental Rights Action (ERA/ FoEN) to complain of the predicament that has befallen their people and ERA/ FoEN mobilized to site and returned with these findings?.
Morris expressed concern over the negative impact of the ongoing pollution on the environment.
He urged the management of Agip to urgently clamp the leak.
It further recommended a pro
mpt clean-up and remediation of the spill impacted site and asked the oil firm to take steps to secure its facility from vandals.
When contacted, Mr Tajudeen Adigun, Spokesman of Nigerian Agip Oil Company declined comments and directed all inquiries to the Managing Director of Agip in Abuja.