Agbada Nenwe community in Aninri Council area are now living in fear following leakages from oil pipeline from port Harcourt, supplying refined petroleum products to the Enugu depot of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The oil pipeline passed through the sleepy rural community which is less than twelve kilometres from Enugu, the state capital.
Traditional ruler of the community, HRH Igwe F. N. Imoh, said he sent an emergency alert to both the NNPC and the security agencies, but regretted that none of them had responded to his clarion alert.
Igwe Imoh disclosed that his anxiety stemmed from the discovery that villagers had resorted to scooping fuel from the scene of the burst pipes, urging security agencies to avert possible fire outbreak in his community.
A civil society organization in Enugu, Anti-corruption Awareness organization, has however sent a rescue alert to government of Enugu state and other security arms, disclosing that the spillage has impacted severely on the community’s farm produce and may cause food crisis among the people.
The group urged Governor Ugwuanyi to personally intervene in order to avoid disaster in Nenwe community. The alleged that the police in the area were already on brisk business of arrest, detention and extortion of money from those scooping fuel from the spillage.
Some members of the community in addition also alleged that the police had engaged on house to house search for members of the community suspected to have been involved in scooping fuel.
When contacted, an official of the NNPC in Enugu, Mr. Gwaram said the office was yet to receive an official letter about the leakage. But the traditional ruler of the affected community insisted that he had written to both the NNPC and the DPR.
– Amah Baldwin