Monday 27th March, 2017
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FG urged to seal Koko toxic waste dump site

FG urged to seal Koko toxic waste dump site

As fear gripped resi­dents over the dis­covery of suspected toxic waste in Koko, Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, the Federal Government has been urged to seal the site.
The appeal came on Tuesday from a group, It­sekiri Environmental and Human Rights Group (IEHRG), which accused some community lead­ers and elders in Koko of collaborating with the company (name withheld) to cover up their alleged dumping of the toxic and carcinogenic waste materi­als in the area.
The group urged the Federal Government to seal up the premises of the company while the gov­ernment investigate the incident, noting that the time lapse since its petition had given the company the opportunity to cover up its unwholesome activities.
The group had written a petition to the Minister of Environment on the dumping of toxic and car­cinogenic waste materials at Koko by the waste man­agement company.
In a statement by its co­ordinator, Mr Tony Ede, the group claimed that the toxic materials were dumped in about four acres of excavated pit in the community nearly 30 years after a similar occurrence in the town.
Ede said that some com­munity leaders and resi­dents were “aiding, abet­ting and supporting the firm in the cover up of the criminal dumping of high­ly toxic and carcinogenic wastes in their town be­cause they are on the pay­roll of the company and its backers.”

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