By Agene AKHERE, Benin
Farmlands and the only river in Ogugu community near Okpella in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State have been polluted by an oil spill that has hit the area.
Worst hit is the Ogugu river, which is the only source of water supply to the residents of the community.
It was discovered by the residents of the community that the spill was caused by a ruptured pipeline from Warri Pipeline axis that passed through Ogugu community.
Some of the residents who spoke to Western post said the oil spill had destroyed crops planted by their farmers.
A palace chief in Ogugu, Alaye Yusuf, said the community had lost millions of naira to the oil spill.
“We discovered the oil spill when our farmers went to the farm and suddenly the whole area was filled with crude oil,’’ he said.
Yusuf said if the ruptured pipeline was not urgently repaired, it could cause more damage to the farmers and the entire community.
“We are calling on NNPC to immediately effect repairs on the ruptured pipeline so as not to cause more damage to farmers who rely on the river to feed their animal and water their crops,’’ he said.
It was learnt that officials from the Auchi office of the PPMC who arrived the scene to assess the damage done by the ruptured pipeline, however, refused to comment on the incident, saying they were not authorised to speak to the press.