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Agip Explosion: ERA/FoEN Demands $2m Compensation For Victims 

Posted: Sep 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN)  has asked the Nigerian Agip Oil Company to pay $2 million compensation to each of the bereaved families of the 14 persons who were killed in the July 9, 2015 explosion that occurred along the company’s Clough Creek pipeline at Azuzuama, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The group has also called for the revocation of the operating license of Agip since there were consistent explosions and deaths at its fields in the Niger Delta region.
Executive director of ERA/FoEN, Godwin Uyi Ojo, made the demand while formally presenting the group’s official report on the incident titled “Agip’s Azuzuama Tragedy” to newsmen in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

The victims of the fire included a soldier, officials of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment and  National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Agip staff and community youths, who were members of a joint investigation visit (JIV) team that was carrying out clamping on a previous oil spill on the facility when the explosion occurred.

“While a price cannot be placed on the loss of human lives, we urge the payment of the sum of $2 million each to the families of the bereaved, since their bread winners have been taken away from them abruptly,” Ojo said.

He  described the Azuzuama tragedy as “a case of genocide” and decried “Agip’s impunity and flagrant disregard for environmental regulations.”

Ojo also disclosed that the company had not officially responded to the tragic incident
In his remarks, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Environment, Inuro Wills, lamented that it was only in the Niger Delta that Agip and other multi-national oil companies would violate operational regulations  and neglect victims of environmental degradation, oil spillages and pipeline explosions with impunity.