The people of Koluama I in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state have dismissed as untrue report that an oil facility in the area was attacked last Friday.
A militant group, ‘Koluama Seven Brothers’ had in a statement on Sunday claimed that it attacked a pipeline owned by ConOil in Koluama, citing alleged failure of the company to address issues like MoU, scholarships and job creation among others.
But findings have revealed that the claim was a hoax carried out by a group seeking attention.
According to security sources, the area has been peaceful.
A source at the Naval base at Koluama also dismissed the claim. It said: “There is no iota of the truth in the claim. Operation has been going on smoothly at the facility and the company has not reported any breach to the best of our knowledge,” the source said.
“The report is nothing but a hoax,” he added.
Also an indigene of the area and the chairman, Maritime Workers Union in the state, Mr. Sese Lloyd, 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.
“There was no such incident, if it happened I should have known, I have made contact with my people back home and there is nothing, it is fake news.”
He added: “We are looking for the miscreants behind the false claim. As I speak with you the area is peaceful.
Also reacting to the bombing, the Reuwells Oil and Gas Surveillance Company, an indigenous company in charge of security surveillance of Conoil rigging activities in Koluama, southern Ijaw council area of Bayelsa state, debunked the reported claims that there was a bomb attack on the facilities owned by the energy company.
According to the company: “The news about the attack is nothing but hoax that only existed in the imagination of the misguided youths masquerading as militant group and geared towards creating panic, blackmail and to arm-twist the company into succumbing to threat in the area.”
The statement signed by Clifford Wilson, the Chairman of Reuwell Oil and Gas Limited, stated: “As a surveillance security company, we are fully on ground and working with the military personnel of Operation Delta Safe and Nigeria Security and Defense Civil Corp who are patrolling every nook and cranny of Conoil activities.
“We urge the misguided youths to shun the idea of attacking any facility in the area as they will be resisted with brutal force.
“We urge the peace loving people of Koluama to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement of person or persons that may want cause violence of any sort on any oil facility in the area.”