On Monday, unidentified persons set ablaze oil facilities belonging to ShellPetroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) at Ikarama community, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa.
Ben Warder, a youth leader in Ikarama near the incident site, told NAN on Tuesday that residents heard several sounds from the explosions that rocked the oil fields on Monday.
<p class="has-drop-cap has-luminous-vivid-orange-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">“The site is not far from Ikarama, we heard sounds from the blast and it sounded like dynamites and it was not safe to go near.“The site is not far from Ikarama, we heard sounds from the blast and it sounded like dynamites and it was not safe to go near.
“So, when the situation became quiet we had to trace what happened and it turned out that Shell’s gas pipeline and Agip’s crude lines were destroyed.
“The incident resulted to air pollution from the gas pipeline and crude leak which members of the affected communities are battling to cope with,” Mr. Warder told NAN.
Confirming the incident on Tuesday, Michael Adande, an SPDC Spokesman told NAN that the oil firm had received reports of the incident and shut down the facility to curtail impact.
“We have report of interference on our pipeline about 1 kilometre from Ikarama Community in Bayelsa State.
“We immediately shut-in the line and we have informed the relevant regulatory government agencies and stakeholders.
“A government-led joint investigation team will determine the cause of the interference,” Mr. Adande said.
A five-man panel of the Appellate Court has overturned a ruling which nullified the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa State.
The court held that the Bayelsa Election Petition Tribunal acted outside its jurisdiction by nullifying the election of Governor Diri.
In a unanimous judgment, the five-man panel of the court said the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party failed woefully to show that it had a valid candidate that was unlawfully excluded by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The court berated the tribunal for ignoring the fact that the petition of ANDP was status barred in addition to the fact that the party presented an unqualified candidate to INEC in the November 16, 2019 Governorship election in Bayelsa State.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the appeal filed by the United Peoples Congress (UPC) and its governorship candidate, Stephen Ibiene, against the election of Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri.
The appeal was in connection to the judgment delivered by the Bayelsa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
NAN reports that the court, in an unanimous decision, said the suit lacked diligent prosecution.
Justice Adzira Mshella led other justices to deliver judgement.
The Tribunal had, on August 17, dismissed the petition of the UPC and Ibiene for failing to prove allegations made against Bayelsa Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.
On Thursday, there was no representation for the party in court.
Chris Uche (SAN), Yunus Ustaz (SAN) and Emmanuel Idem appeared for Diri, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the People’s Democratic Party.
In a short ruling, the five man panel of the appellate court presided over by Justice Adezila Mshella, dismissed the appeal for want of prosecution.
Earlier, the panel had reserved judgment in Diri’s appeal against the majority judgment of the tribunal which ordered his sack