Youths and women of Ibeno local government area of Akwa Ibom State, last week took to the streets in protest of oil spill from an off-shore pipeline belonging to Exxon Mobil.
According to what this publication gathered, the company, despite having knowledge of the spill was yet to take any corrective measure towards the damage done to the community, which resulted in the protest.
As part of their demands, from what this reporter was able to piece together, the community is demanding a compensation of $1bn for the damages.
Speaking to Journalists at Ibeno, a community leader and former Commissioner for Lands in the State, Mr. Abang O. Abang said the spill had negatively affected the community and regretted that Mobil was not taking urgent steps to curtail the spill since the incident occurred.
He informed newsmen that the company was also yet to clean up a dispersant chemical injected in to the water which had resulted in eye problems in the community before the spill occurred.
The former commissioner condemned the acts of security men at the Exxon Mobil who assaulted the protestants, saying, government officials, SSS and a representative of the community in NDDC, Chief Ette were duly informed.
On his part, Chairman of National Youths Council of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom Chapter, Mr. Edem Ebong said the community should exercise patience as the company’s Public Affairs Manager has informed him that the company was taking steps to stop the spill.
Reacting to the incident, Paramount Ruler of Ibeno community, HRH Obong Effiong Atiaha said the protest would continue despite assaults from security men until Mobil rise up to the demands of the community, which among other things, include $1bn as compensation.