Man, 4 Others Killed Oil Workers With Dynamites – Nscdc
BEVERLY HILLS, March 30, (THEWILL) – The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa State Command, has revealed the cause of death of three oil workers who died in a pipeline explosion that occurred in Olugboboro community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state on Easter Sunday.
Explaining the real cause of the explosion that killed the workers, the Commandant, NSCDC, Mr. Desmond Agu, said they died of a dynamite explosion planted by a group of vandals in the state.
The deceased were said to be carrying out repairs on a ruptured crude oil pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) when the tragedy struck adding that one suspect had been arrested.
The Commandant gave the name of the suspect as Seimghale Perekeyi who was paraded, and named other fleeing accomplices as Emekoko Taribo, Pani Bulogbo, James Komo and Samuel Joyce.
“The NSCDC has arrested a suspected vandal by name Seimghale Perekeyi. This vandal along with other vandals attacked Agip pipeline at Olugboboro, Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State on March 26, 2016 about 1830 hours with dynamite,” he said.
“The anti-vandalism unit of the command trailed and arrested him (Perekeyi) while the others are at large but are still being trailed by our men.
“The Agip had contracted the repairs to a servicing company to remediate and clamp the vandalised points. Our investigations reveal that the repair team had successfully completed the clamping on the damaged points and were leaving when explosions were heard in the nearby forest.
“Those explosions from the forest planted by the hoodlums resulted in the death of three persons. The NSCDC rescue team swung into action and recovered three dead bodies of the oil workers on March 28 who died as a result of the explosions.”
Agu said that Perekeyi would be prosecuted as he restated NSCDC's zero tolerance for sabotage to critical national assets and stressed that the command was committed to ensuring their safety and security.
He also revealed that a notorious illegal oil bunkerer and an ex-militant leader, 'General Yeri', wanted for vandalising Agip facilities at Perigbene in Southern Ijaw were arrested by the NSCDC.
Story by David Oputah