CHEVRON, FREE THE INNOCENT BARRY EBIDINANA NOW AND SAVE POLOBUBO PEOPLE FROM EFFECTS OF CRUDE OIL AND GASEOUS HAZARDS Polobubo Advocacy Group
Another ill-treatment has been meted on Polobubo (Tsekelewu) Federated Communities again by Chevron Nigeria Limited.
On the 18th of July 2019, some youths from polobubo community were arrested by Chevron security operatives at Opuekeba platform in the course of their official duty as Pipeline facilities surveillance team due to the Ipkpalakpalabou Oil wellhead that was on fire from 18th April to 30th June, 2019.
Mr Barry Ebidinana who is the surveillance supervisor at the Opuekeba field was arrested on allegations that are callous and unfounded.
Barry Ebidinana is a peaceful and law-abiding son of Polobubo , we, therefore, call on Chevron and Nigerian Police Force to release our son without any further delay.
Polobubo youths are not known for vandalism and destruction of public properties. To prove this further, in the Era of the ethnic crisis, Polobubo and Opuama youths were the ones who secured Opuekeba platform and other facilities with their lives and not even a pin of chevron properties was damaged or destroyed, yet Chevron keeps paying us with a bad coin.
Chevron is now a demigod that intimidate and harass our law-abiding citizens with security operatives that are paid with our oil money.
Our lands are degraded, aquatic lives are gone, ecosystems destroyed by this same Chevron who dredged our canal to the Atlantic Ocean, leading to uncontrolled saltwater intrusion/siltation and as if that is not enough, we are still battling with the effects of the same oil well which Chevron claim to have been unproductive since 2008 and now you are arresting our brothers who’re surveillance team doesn’t even cover the wellhead in question.
This is pure intimidation and abuse of power from Chevron and the Nigerian Police Force. We are calling on all well-meaning Nigerians, Warri North local government council, the Delta State government, the federal government of Nigeria, International Communities.
We cannot stand this oppression any longer.
Chevron has not done anything appreciable to cushion the effects associated with the said Oil well explosion. Various areas which the communities has been crying out for intervention are as follows;
1. To ameliorate the effect of the disastrous ecological problem, we request that Chevron dredge a new canal for Polobubo communities.
2. Reclaim a new town/land for the concerned communities.
3. Construction of Shore protection for erosion mitigation.
4. Build a gas turbine for Polobubo, Opuama and the surrounding towns and villages.
5. Pay $5 billion initial compensation to Polobubo Communities for environmental pollution.
6. Pay all outstanding land acquisition money.
7. Annual employment of twenty (20) fresh graduates each from Polobubo and Opuama.
8. Employment of management staff and two board Positions.
9. Provision of 40% of the contracts for Polobubo and Opuama as stipulated in the Local Content Act.
10. Since our means of livelihood is completely destroyed as a result of Chevron’s activities (Oil exploration and exploitation ), we hereby request for the establishment of a modular refinery, which can provide commercial activities and regular employment for our people.
(NONE OF THE ABOVE HAS BEEN DONE).
We give Chevron 48 hours to effect the release of Mr. Barry Ebidinana while we wait for other needs to materialize.
Signed for and on behalf of the Polobubo Advocacy Group;
1).Comr. Paul Toruwei.
2).Comr. Sanjumi matthew kekebiwei.
3).Comr. Aboh juwoiye markson.
4).Comr.Aboh God gift Francis.