Fire incident on 20 Kolo Creek-Rumuekpe trunk line blamed on sabotage


The Izon-Ibe Security Company Limited has blamed the April 20th, 2015 fire incident on the 20″ Kolo Creek-Rumuekpe (TNP) trunk line at Oruma in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State on sabotage.

Managing Director of Izon-Ibe Security Company Limited, Chief James Jephthah in a statement warned that all those involved in the heinous act would be fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.

He said though the number of surveillance operatives in the company’s employ was inadequate due to the vast area of coverage, it has deployed personnel to cover flash points and strategic locations for the purpose of securing pipelines and other oil and gas facilities.

The statement reads in part, “In the early hours of Monday, 20th of April 2015, there was a report of fire incidence on the 20” Kolo Creek to Remuekpe (TNP) trunk line at Oruma in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

“This location forms part of our coverage area so we started investigations immediately.

“The Izon-Ibe security company deployed staff (personnel and resources) to the field, ?with particular reference to finding the remote and immediate course of the incident. On location, we discovered that it was an act of sabotage carried out by unknown persons who used saw blades, fuel jericans and other local materials to perpetrate the act.

“As stated in our earlier report, part of the challenges is inadequate manpower as the present one thousand, five hundred personnel cannot adequately cover every inch of the vast areas of Ogbia, Nembe, Brass and Yenagoa Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.

“What we have done in the mean time is to deploy men to cover strategic flash points within the areas covered in the scope of operations of the various communities, the company considers it expedient to deploy personnel to ‘flash points’ ?and ‘strategies locations’ for the purpose of securing pipelines and other oil and gas facilities.

“These deployments took into consideration because of the need for regular patrols and other surveillance activities critical to the successful operation of the Izon-ibe Security company.

We are glad to report that SHELL PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY had since carried out repair work on the affected area of the line.
However, investigation is still ongoing.”

Source: Saint Mienpamo

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