Security agencies and stakeholders in Koluama I in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa State have dismissed as untrue reports that an oil facility in the area was attacked last Friday.
A militant group, “Koluama Seven Brothers” had in a statement it issued on Sunday, claimed that it attacked a pipeline owned by ConOil in Koluama over the failure of the company to address issues such as Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), scholarships, and job creation among others.
A source at the Naval Base in Koluama dismissed the claim as he said that, “there is no iota of the truth in the claim. Operations have been going on smoothly at the facility and the company has not reported any breach to the best of our knowledge.”
An indigene of the area and the chairman, Maritime Workers Union in the state, Mr. Sese Lloyd, also faulted the report.
He said: “The report of an attack on Conoil facility in Koluama is not true. The area has been peaceful and there was no such incident. I have communicated with the company, there was nothing of such.”
lso, Reuwells Oil and Gas Surveillance Company, an indigenous company in charge of security surveillance of ConOil rigging activities in Koluama, debunked the report.
According to the company, “the news about the attack is nothing but a hoax that only existed in the imagination of the misguided youths masquerading as a militant group and geared towards creating panic, blackmail and to arm-twist the company into succumbing to their threat.”
The firm’s statement was signed by Clifford Wilson aka General Pastor Reuben Wilson, the chairman, Reuwell Oil and Gas Limited.