ndigenes of Egbeleku in Okpe Local Government Area of
Delta State, have raised an alarm over the dumping of foul smelling
substances suspected to be toxic waste by an unidentified company into
swamp pits in the area.
They alleged that the dumping was permitted by the leadership of the
community after they collected a bribe of N5.5 million from the firm.
With the matter snowballing into a full brown
crisis, SaharaReporters reliably learned that community members have
been threatened with death should they show strangers the dumping site
or involve the media in the issue.
Confiding in our correspondent during an undercover visit to one of
the multiple dump sites in the company of a non-indigene who resides in
the area, one of the indigenes said the dumping began last month
and that nobody was allowed to go near the site, which is off the
yet-to-be-tarred Eku Road.
The indigene, who identified himself simply as Ujawei, added
that already some persons in the community are currently facing serious
threats and harassment for daring to challenge the shady deal.
“Our lives, both non-indigenes and indigenes, [are] seriously in
danger following the dumping of the dangerous substances in the
community. Some leaders and few persons in the community were
compromised and these persons are those threatening the people against
the exposure of the whole thing. The community leaders have vowed to
deal with anyone that will go to the site and disrupt the dumping of the
toxic,” the non-indigene said.
Various sources in the community expressed concern about the
consequences of the dumping, with many deciding to remain mute so as not
to attract wrath of the community leadership.
“Some of us the indigenes have taken our time to secretly visit the
site which was dug by earth moving equipment,” one of them said. “We saw
the multiple dump sites where an unknown company is dumping some
smelling sludge into dugout swamp pits along the yet to be
tarred Eku Road in Egbeleku community. We are using this opportunity to
call on all relevant authorities especially the local government council
chairman, Delta State Ministry of Environment and
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to come to our aid before it is too late.”
Also speaking under condition of anonymity, a visibly worried
middle-aged woman, gave the names of some of the community leaders who
allegedly received the N5.5 million bribe to include, Mr. Alex Ayeya,
Chairman of the community; Mr. Luke Ezeighu, Secretary; Mr.
Vote Oghojafor and Mr. OnlyGod Usiakponebro.
In her words, “A firm came to the community and settled the chairman,
his secretary and other leaders some weeks back [who] gave express
permission to the firm to begin the dumping of this smelling brownish
waste believed to be toxic into some pits dug by the firm with
caterpillars. Because of the threat and fear, we refused to question the
secret way and manner with which they control movement of the unknown
product into the community.”
She noted that in order to ensure the deal was not exposed, some
individuals in the community are being monitored by youths hired by the
leadership of the community.
“We have also come to discovered that the community leaders shared
some money to some indigenes considered to be strong voices in the
community to shut their mouths, and warned others persons who declined
the offer. These are the set of people the leadership is monitoring
now,” the woman stated.
Our correspondent further gathered that, that the issue was reported
to the Okpe council environmental department to intervene because of the
health dangers it constitutes but that no action was taken.
A female staff at the Okpe council environmental department who
pleaded for anonymity confirmed to SaharaReporters that there were
complaints from some persons from the community. Wondering why the
matter has yet to be followed up, she lamented that the dumping could
pose a serious danger to the health of the people and called on law
enforcement, the state government and industry regulators to wade in and
investigate the matter, with punishment served to offenders.
When contacted, the chairman of Okpe local government council, Mr.
Godwin Ejinyere, and the Delta State commissioner for Environment, Mr.
John Nani, denied any knowledge of the dumping of the toxic waste
in Egbeleku community, saying nobody has brought any such complaints to
The two government officials however promised to immediately send their officials to the site to see things for themselves.
L. A Prisoners Infect Themselves With Coronavirus To Get Early Release (VIDEO)
A group of silly L.A area prison inmates were very eager to contract the dreaded coronavirus .
They attempted this because they believed that would trigger their ticket out of prison.
According to the L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva who made the startling revelation Monday, said about twenty-four (24) inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic attempted (and somewhat succeeded, apparently) to infect themselves way back in mid-April 2020.
The Sheriff revealed that their department saw an increase in spike in confirmed cases out of nowhere.
He said that when they investigated, they found a high number of inmates living in one block of the prison appeared to be deliberately trying to infect each other with COVID-19 any way they could from behind bars.
When Alex Villanueva played the surveillance footages he and his team combed through carefully , and it showed several inmates hanging out in a common area and passing around what Alex described as a hot cup of water, as well as one face mask they’d each put on all in hopes of getting sympathy from a judge to spring them from the facility and let them go home.
But it turns out, their little ploy worked but, only halfway.
Villanueva reported that 21 of the inmates (out of 50 in the block) caught the ‘Coronavirus.
“What they won’t catch is a break” said the Sheriff.
Watch the Video HERE
COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: 12 Year Old Albino Girl Suffers Eye Problems After Hawking Veggies In Abuja (PHOTOS)
A very sad Facebook post greeted Nigerians from Abuja showing a 12 year old Albino Girl Grace, who started developing sight problems after Hawking Veggies under the scorching sun in Abuja.
The Facebook post stated that the little girl was asked to hawk the veggies by her aunt whom she lives with.
Below are the Screenshots of the Facebook post:
This sad news has sparked an outrage by well meaning individuals who spoke against such cruelty and insensitivity of the said girl’s aunt.
what do you think of this? Drop your comments below.
“Buhari is Made In London” – Reno Omokri Blasts Presidency On Nigerian Made Products
The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced.
The Buhari administration has been known for enforcing the Nigerian people to patronize Nigerian made goods though without much strategy to make life easier while this transition to economic growth is enforced. Many Nigerians have tagged it a harsh move that is insensitive and inhumane but moreso, Reno Omokri has singled out signals of hypocrisy in the President of Nigeria by outlining certain traits of family moves of the President that shows that he(Buhari) as the No.1 citizen has no regards for anything made in Nigeria but yet wants other Nigerians to embrace Nigerian made goods.
Reno Omokri ‘s tweet reads:
His kids schooled in England. His wife just returned from a 3 month UK stay. His daughter gave birth to his grandchild in Spain (made in Spain), yet
, who is London, wants us to patronise made in Nigeria!