WARRI_______Ijaw people’s Development Initiative, IPDI, has threatened war as it ordered Chevron Nigeria Limited ,operators of Abiteye oil flow station in Gbaramatu Kingdom ,Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state to evacuate its facilities from the Kingdom for denying responsibility for the massive spill spreading from the above mentioned oil facility ravaging economic activities in the area.
The group’s national president comrade Austin Ozobo, in a press statement sent to newsmen in Warri said the Chevron refusal to accept responsibility over Abiteye oil flow station spill was an insult on the collective interest of Gbaramatu kingdom and Ijaw at large, adding that such actions could incite avoidable provocation in Gbaramatu Kingdom.
Ozobo stated that IPDI, in collaboration with affected communities in Gbaramatu may declared total war against Chevron Nigeria limited, and may go into self help, by evacuating Chevron facilities from Gbaramatu kingdom as the oil Coy could be seen as oppressor of Niger Delta region, except the oil Coy decided to do the needful.
IPDI added “The Abiteye oil facility is operated by Chevron and that is a fact. I wonder why it decided to deny the spill caused by the said facility?. Up till now oil is still rooting out from the point of the spill in the facility. The facility is currently shutdown by Chevron. Why should the facility be closed down if actually it is not faulty? The question is that now that Chevron is denying ownership of Abiteye facilities, who actually own Abiteye flow station now?”
The group reiterated “It is embarrassing for Chevron to state that host and impacted communities in the area couldn’t differentiate Chevron pipelines or facilities from pipelines own by other oil companies in Gbaramatu Kingdom, that is an insult on our persons and we will not accept it. Now that Chevron has made itself as an enemy it should be treated as such”
Ozobo “It is a fact that our rivers, creeks and airspace are seriously polluted, we can’t go to fishing any longer. Our fishing equipments are completely destroyed. The spill has caused massive dead of fishes and other aquatic lives. Our people are facing serious hardship and needs a remedial efforts without further delay”
IPDI noted “It is disgusting that instead of Chevron coming to arrest the situation, it decided to aggravate the situation. It is part of our demand that Chevron, NOSDRA and others should visit the area now and conduct JIV test to ascertain the levels of damage the spill has caused in the area to avoid bad blood between affected communities and Chevron Nigeria limited”
The group called on the minister for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Silva and commissioner for oil and gas of Delta state, Prince Emmanuel Amgbaduba to prevailed on Chevron Nigeria limited to do the needful to avoid move by the group to go into self help, by evacuating Chevron facilities from Gbaramatu kingdom.