29 October 2013, Abuja – The Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) on Tuesday invited the Managing Director of Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, Chief Paul Obelley, over the October 22 fire incident at the plant.
Obelley was asked to appear before the committee with top management of the refinery on October 31 to throw light on the circumstances surrounding the fire incident at the refinery.
Apart from telling members of the committee the circumstances surrounding the fire outbreak, the MD is also expected “to give comprehensive details on the causes, level of facilities damages, fatality at the plant and efforts so far made to prevent further occurrence.”
The committee is said to have decided to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the fire with a view to recommending prosecution of any person found culpable in the incident.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) had already claimed responsibility for the fire incident.
A statement allegedly sent by MEND noted that “Hurricane Exodus” was intended to burn down the entire refinery.
MEND allegedly said, “As long as President Goodluck Jonathan continues to rely on the unsustainable and fraudulent Niger Delta Amnesty programme, peace and security will continue to elude his government in the region. ‘Hurricane Exodus’ is on course!”