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Nigeria: Explosion hit five oil wells in Ondo State



by Uchenna Ike — April 25, 2019

Not fewer than five oil wells have exploded at Ajegunle Ikorigho an oil- rich community in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State, the oil fields said to be located in Ikorigho land has Ojumole-Ikorigho, Isan-West and Isan field, Parable field, Malu field, Ororo and Opokaba oil fields and are named ‘Ojumole’.

The communities affected with this explosion in Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo state include: Otumara, Ikorigho, Ajegunle-Ikorigho, Zion Ikorigho, Iluayo, Kendo Ayeren and Ehinmoghan-Ikorigho.

Cause of the explosion was hazy at press time but Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), operator of the joint venture (JV) between the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and CNL (NNPC/CNL JV) has confirmed that at about 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, a fire was observed at the Ojumole Well No. 1, an idle and plugged well with no flowline connected to it.

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Esimaje Brikinn, General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, in a statement yesterday said the Ojumole field is in NNPC/CNL JV’s Western Niger Delta area of operations.

According to the statement, CNL conducted an over-flight to evaluate the fire and also mobilized emergency responders to assess the site, contain the fire and boom the area.

“In addition, CNL notified community stakeholders about the incident and also reported it to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and other regulatory and security authorities.

“A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) to the site of the incident on Saturday April 20, 2019, by a team made up of regulatory agencies, community stakeholders and CNL, determined that the fire incident was caused by third-party interference”, he added.

He stressed that there was no impact to any of the neighboring communities and CNL is currently working with contractors to safely put out the fire as quickly as possible because CNL remains committed to the safety of the communities and the environment in its areas of operation. “So we will continue to conduct our operations safely, reliably and efficiently, with utmost consideration for protection of people and the environment”, he said.

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Unidentified gunmen set ablaze NDLEA office in southeast Nigeria



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The incident occurred amid several reports of attacks on police facilities and government forces in the country.

No casualties were recorded in the attack suspected of being carried out by armed hoodlums, authorities said.

Meanwhile, residents told Gazette Africa that the attack lasted for about 30 minutes, forcing the officers to flee to safety.

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Fulani herders kidnap students in southern Nigeria



Members of a "bandit" gang pose with weapons at their forest hideout in northwestern Zamfara state, Nigeria, Feb. 22, 2021.

An unknown number of students from Abia State University were kidnapped on Wednesday by gunmen suspected of being Fulani herders.

They were kidnapped along Okigwe-Uturu Road, on the border between Abia and Imo State, in the east of the country.

“Fulani herdsmen who wore military uniforms moved the students to Lokpa. No one knows if they are still alive or not,” a commercial driver told Gazette Africa.

Abia State Information Commissioner John Kalu, who confirmed the incident, said “the students were moving in a minivan from Okigwe to Uturu between 7 pm and 8 pm when they ran into the armed gang who marched them into the nearby forest along with other yet-to-be-identified travellers.

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“Two of the students managed to escape from the hoodlums while others are still being held at a yet-to-be-identified location.”

Meanwhile, Nnamdi Kanu, rights activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) condemned the kidnapping, calling it provocative and cowardly.

The head of IPOB ordered the Eastern Security Network (ESN), a regional non-state security force, to hunt the Fulani herders and rescue the kidnapped students.

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Fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), arriving in around 20 vehicles, attacked the convoy on Sunday in the town of Mainok outside the regional capital Maiduguri, killing troops and seizing weapons before storming a nearby base, the two sources said.

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