More than 60 persons believed to be indigenes of Ibuluya-Dikibo community in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State are now receiving medical attention in a hospital in the community following a gas leakage in the area.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the leakage occurred as a result of a ruptured pipeline belonging to Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which passes through the community.
Meanwhile, youths from the Ibuluya-Dikibo and other neighbouring communities in the area, yesterday, staged a peaceful protest over the failure of the NNPC and its subsidiary firm to repair the pipes and control the leakage that resulted to serious health challenges among the villagers.
Speaking to newsmen, youth leader of Ibuluya-Ama, Ezikiel Epeya Sunday, lamented that the health of people around the area has been affected by the situation.
Sunday said, “the situation in my community now is too dangerous, we can no longer breathe well, a lot of people have been rushed to the hospital due to health difficulties as a result of the gas leakage.
“The situation would have been controlled if NNPC had come in earlier to repair the pipes.” When LEADERSHIP visited the area, it observed that most of the villagers have deserted their homes for fear of contacting further ailments following the gas leakage.