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Explosion Rocks Agip Pipelines In Bayelsa

Posted: Jan 31, 2016 at 11:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,


Explosion has rocked oil pipelines belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

Daily Independent gathered that the explosion which occurred on Thursday 28 January 2016 resulted in massive oil spill that had destroyed flora and fauna in the area.

The bombing of the Agip facility was said to have caused panic among the residents of the communities in the area.

The member representing Brass Constituency 1 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Israel Sunny-Goli, confirmed the incident in a statement at the weekend in Yenagoa, the state capital.

He stated that preliminary  investigations revealed that the bombing of the pipelines was an act of sabotage carried out by economic saboteurs to hurt the economic interest of Bayelsa  and Nigeria.

Sunny-Goli said the explosion coming after recent bombing of pipelines in the same area was worrisome as it was capable of forcing oil companies out of operation which would have adverse effects on the country’s economy.

While condemning the act, he called on security agencies to beef up security around oil facilities to ensure the prevention of  future attacks  by economic saboteurs who are bent on crippling the nation’s economy.

“I want to condemn the latest attack on Agip pipelines at Kpongbokiri. This is a clear sabotage by economic saboteurs.

“Recently, they blasted pipeline at Orukari and Golubokiri. I condemn this latest attack on Agip pipeline at Kpongbokiri in its entirety. It is sabotage against Nigeria in a bid to cripple the economy at a time the nationis struggling with decline in revenue due to the fall in oil prices.

“It is common knowledge that because of the low price of oil which is our main source of revenue, many states can hardly pay workers salaries.

“This sabotage is capable of crippling the economy if not urgently curbed. If these attacks are not checked, and the perpetrators brought to book and Agip decides to pull out of Bayelsa state,  it would be disastrous for us as a people.

“Bayelsa state is an oil-producing state and our revenue from the federal government is based on our quota of production but this would be reduced if Agip decides to pull out because incessant attacks on its facilities are not stopped.

“I want to urge security agencies to probe the attack on Agip pipelines and ensure that the perpetrators are arrested and brought to book.

“Bayelsans especially those that have oil facilities around them should also be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to security agencies to prevent further attacks”, the lawmaker said.