A series of explosions’ have damaged oil facilities around Ikarama in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. The facilities belong to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and Nigerian Agip Oil Company.
Ben Warder, a youth leader in the community, said that the sound of the explosions was like dynamites and that the people were scared of being attacked. It was not until the situation calmed that they figured out what happened.
“It was not safe to go near. So, when the situation became quiet, we had to trace what happened and it turned out that Shell’s gas pipeline and Agip’s crude lines were destroyed.
“The incident resulted in air pollution from the gas pipeline and crude leak which members of the affected communities are battling to cope with,” he stated.
A spokesperson for Shell, Michael Adande, confirmed the incident, also adding that the impacted facility had been shut down to curtail further damage.
The damage that caused the explosions was said to have been as a result of interference with our pipeline about one kilometer from Ikarama community in Bayelsa State.
An investigation in partnership with the government would help determine the source of the interference.