The plight of the people was conveyed through its leaderships in a joint press statement issued to journalists in Warri earlier today, signed by the duo of Prince Churchill Dose, chairman Sokebolou community and Engr. Moses Ibilou, chairman Yokiri community.
Speaking on behalf of the Oil producing communities of Yokiri and Sokebolou, the duo noted that it was strange as the deadly chemicals being spread by SPDC is wreaking untold havoc on the people, stressing that life is no longer safe in the communities.
According to report, the chemical is killing fishes in the waterways as people from far and near now comes to the Sokebolou/Yokiri waterways to pick fishes murdered by the said dangerous chemical spread by the SPDC.
Ibilou and Churchill had stated in the press release that SPDC must from the day of this publication stop whatever they are doing with the chemicals in the river than to meet with the federated communities leadership to explain what is happening in the river.
Speaking on the dangerous nature of the chemical, the chairmen maintained that if such chemical has the power to kill both big and small fishes in very high volume, it portends that life is no longer safe in the communities and its environs.
The statement revealed that the people have been grappling with this dangerous situation within the last seven days, stressing that there is a Jackup Barge bearing Tango, positioned at well 72 & 73, operated by SPDC in the area that is allegedly spreading the strange and hazardous chemical destroying the source of livelihood of the people.
The community leaders stated that since their existence as a people in the Ogulagha Kingdom, they have not experienced such a life-threatening chemical in their waterways, adding that SPDC must not make use of the chemical until the proper discussion is brokered by SPDC and the said communities, noting that dead fishes have littered the waterways.
The statement also warned members of the Sokebolou/Yokiri communities not to eat or have anything to do with the dead fishes from the poisonous chemical applied by SPDC into the river, stressing that something that can kill fishes instantly in such role should be something to be wary of.
Nevertheless, when asked if they have drawn the attention of SPDC officials to the matter, the community chairmen maintained that they have done that as at a particular incidence, SPDC official who came to witness how the fishes are dying came to the scene and also picked fishes for consumption.
“No one knows what the chemical has done to the fishes, and we are begging our people not to eat these fishes while as leaders of the communities, we are working hard to ensure that appropriate authorities look into this matter urgently just as we want SPDC to stop using this poisonous chemical in our waterways
“This is strange, and we are no longer safe if fishes are dying like that, what will happen to humans living in the area.” They feared.
Meanwhile, the chairmen have appealed to the Delta State Government, the commissioner, Oil and Gas, political leaders in the area as well as environmental activists with all those who think well of a better society to swinge into action by stopping what is going on the community.
They insisted that fishing remains the only visible source of livelihood to the people, and the massive killing of the aquatic bodies remains a great concern to them.
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