By Binebai Princewill
Chairman of Darlon Oil & Gas Limited company, Chief Levi Wilson has on behalf of the company debunked news making round that Darlon Oil & Gas Limited is responsible for the killing in Igbomotoru Community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Chief Levi Wilson has while describing the purveyors of such news as the highest height of wickedness had maintained that the attack on Darlon Oil & Gas Limited owned by Chief David Lyon, a former Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State is politically motivated those that are jittery over his towering political profile.
The company made the counter claim via a press statement signed and circulated to newsmen in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State by Chief Levi Wilson, Chairman Darlon Oil & Gas Limited on behalf of the company earlier today, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide.
The statement had noted that it has no link or whatsoever to do with the killing at Igbomotoru in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, stressing that carriers of such false information should repent from the act.
Darlon Oil & Gas Limited also used the medium to sympathized with the families of the deceased, describing the death as unfortunate.
The statement reads below:
Press Release: Darlon Oil & Gas Limited Distances Self From The Killing In Igbomotoru Community
The attention of Darlon Oil & Gas Limited has been drawn to a false story circulating in traditional and electronic media platforms, alleging that some of our staff were involved in the killing of one, Young Adolphus Major, in Igbomotoru Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
The false news report quoted some persons sponsored by a known politician from Southern Ijaw LGA as saying that our CEO, Chief David Lyon, mobilized a military gunboat to open fire on innocent travellers, killing one person.
We are aware also that the said politician sponsored some persons from the community to protest against our Principal, alleging that we are responsible for the death of seven other persons, whose identity the leader of the protest could not confirm.
As a law abiding company operating in Nigeria, ordinarily we would not have joined issues with the sponsored protesters, but for the avoidance of doubt, we wish to put the records straight by distancing ourselves from the report which we consider as a mare imagination of mischievous elements who are bent on denting the rising political image of our Principal.
From our investigation, it was learnt that an oil and gas servicing company had hired a gunboat to escort its staff to repair a damaged pipeline close to Igbomotoru Community.
We further gathered that on the way back from their mission to clamp/repair the damaged pipeline, about 8pm, the gunboats escorting the team accosted a passenger boat with four persons onboard.
Our source reliably informed us that when the passenger boat was stopped for routine search, three men, including the deceased, jumped into the river and swam to the shore where they stood to observe what the occupants of the gunboat were up to.
It was further revealed that when the boat was searched, bags containing illegally refined crude oil products were discovered inside the passenger boat, prompting the yet-to-be identified military men to go after the men who jumped overboard the boat, and in the process one of them was killed.
As a duly registered company in Nigeria, we urge the agents of mischief against our Principal to fact-check their stories before going to the press, as Darlon Oil & Gas Limited was not involved in the clamping/repair of the damaged pipeline that led to the killing of the deceased in Igbomotoru Community.
We wish to use this medium to pray that the Lord Almighty grant the family of the deceased the fortitude to bare the irreplaceable lose and sympathize with the entire community of Igbomotoru Community.
Chief Levi Wilson.
Chairman, Darlon Oil & Gas Limited.
Other sources that would not want their names to be mentioned had hinted The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide that “It was a clash between pipeline contractor that was going for clamping/repair of pipeline that was with military gun boat and their workers. Darlon is not involved, please disregard the story. It’s fake news. Darlon workers did not even go for patrol on last Friday that this incident occurred.
“the Company that went for the pipeline repairs work in Igbomotoru community is MLJ Marine and Gas Limited which is owned by Rivers born Billionaire, Mpakaboari LongJohn from Buguma in Asari Toru Local Government Area, Rivers State and it has nothing to do with Darlon oil & Gas Limited. “