Residents Dispute Oil Discovery At Kuje

Residents Dispute Oil Discovery At Kuje

Contrary to statements issued out by Kuje Area Council authorities on finding crude oil in a well dug 20 years ago in the area, some residents, who live near the well, are doubtful.

A resident, Malam Adamu Bello, said it was leakage from a kerosene seller's pipe fixed to a tank that leaked into the well, situated meters away.

According to him, "A water pumping machine was brought on Thursday to drill out the water from the well till Friday morning and water was seen beneath the kerosene.

"We pumped water out up till Friday morning and later discovered that it was a leakage from a kerosene dealer's pipe that entered the well."

Some officials of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) came the next day after the finding and also pointed to the leakage.

A kerosene seller around the place, Abdulakarim Ibrahim, said it was when experts from NNPC discovered how the kerosene got into the well that he knew his kerosene was wasted.

He said since 2010 when he began kerosene business, he fixes a pipe to a tank in order to sell the product to customers in gallons and jerry cans. He said shortages were experienced in the business and he never knew there was leakage. "I lost over six drums and even sacked my sales boy when I first experienced the shortage," he said.

Reacting, the Gomom of Kuje, Alhaji Tanko Jibril, said he is not aware of NNPC experts discovering a leakage from a kerosene seller's depot.

He said on the very day of the discovery, the council chairman, officials of the council and himself resolved to intimate the FCT administration about the discovery.

"But up till this moment that I am talking to you, they have not got back to me, so I cannot categorically say whether any experts came to Kuje to ascertain the discovery," he said.

It would be recalled that the council's Chairman, Danladi Etsu Zhin, last Wednesday, stated after the finding that crude oil was discovered by a young man from a well and some residents of the area have been rushing to the place to fetch the substance.

The chairman however advised those that fetched the substances to throw them away and said the place had been sealed by security operatives.

He said the council authorities will report the discovery to both FCT ministers so that experts can be sent to ascertain the discovery, adding that the spot will be fenced, while shops around the place relocated and house owners compensated after the setting up of a committee.

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