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.”