The Chairman of Benikrukru community in Warri South West Local Government of Delta State, Chief Jeffrey Ojogun, has dispelled rumour of planned attack on Chevron Nigeria Limited's Abiteye Flowstation in the area.
In a press statement issued during the weekend, Ojogun assured the oil company that the community had no plan to attack its facilities.
He stated that the issues within the community were internal matters that had nothing to do with the operation of the United States oil firm.
The Abiteye Flowstation is the Swamp Headquarters of Chevron.
"Gentlemen of the Press, I want to tell you that there is no plan whatsoever to cripple Chevron's operations at the famous Abiteye Flowstation. We are law- abiding citizens and we will remain so. It is true that there are some issues in our community begging for urgent resolution, but we want Chevron to know that they are internal issues and all peace loving people of Benikrukru are working hard to resolve them. What are on ground have nothing to do with Chevron and I want to reassure the company again that there is no plan to disrupt its operations in the community," he said.
Ojogun, who stated that his tenure of office would expire in October this year, attributed the rumour of planned attack to those who did not want peace and development of the community.
He urged the oil company to ignore the rumour of planned disruption of its operations.
"We need Chevron and Chevron needs us too. The relationship that has been built over the years between Chevron and the Benikrukru Community must be sustained and as the chairman, I want to reassure the company on behalf of the community that we will do everything possible to protect its facilities from vandals and other bad elements even in the face of threats to our lives," he added.
He promised to continue to work with the Delta State Ministry of Oil and Gas and other stakeholders to bring the needed peace and development to his area.
Ojogun also advised all those spreading dangerous rumours to thread the path of peace and do everything to sustain the prevailing peace in the oil communities made possible by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.