POLLUTION OF OGULAGHA WATERWAYS: IPDI MAKES CASE FOR AFFECTED COMMUNITIES, SANCTIONS SPDC OVER SPREAD OF DEADLY CHEMICAL_Coastal Times

BY OBED OLUKU…..

WARRI—–An Ijaw Right group known as the Ijaw People’s Development Initiative, IPDI, has called for sanction on Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, over unlawful discharge and spread of life threatening acidic chemicals on Ogulagha Kingdom waters which had led to the death of many aquatic lives.

The group in a statement by its national president Comrade Ozobo Austin and acting secretary Comrade Emma Keneware, of which a copy was made available to Coastal Times News, said the unlawful discharge and spread of the deadly acidic chemicals on the water bodies had contaminated the water and had killed many aquatic lives particularly fishes.

The activists, added that for fear of eating poisonous fishes , people no longer go to fishing as the entire rivers had be polluted and that the locals are now being starved.

The group averred that the criminal discharge of deadly acidic chemicals to the water was blatantly against the environmental laws of the Federation and that attracts stiff penalty of imprisonment. They also decried the environmental injustice meted on the people of Ogulagha Kingdom for contaminating and polluting their only source of livelihood. Thereby, exposing them to poverty, squalor and penury.

“This is total wickedness and daylight witchcraft” the duo asserted.

They called on the government to bring the perpetrators to book and adequately compensate the people for willful impoverishment. “Says enough is enough for the endless injustice on the Ijaw nation”

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