The Environmental Rights Action / Friends of Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has called for a comprehensive audit of safety procedures at the Agip oil fields in Bayelsa following frequent fatal explosions, Premium Times informed. According to a report signed by Alagoa Morris, Head of Field Resources at ERA, the incidents resulted in 11 deaths within the past nine months.

The group, therefore, called for strict sanctions including revocation of operational license of Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC), if found culpable. In addition, it further recommended that autopsy be carried out on the victims to determine the actual cause of death, adding that the deaths recorded during repairs at NAOCs oil fields were alarming.

As Vanguard reported, according to the group, sanctions should be considered as a measure to make the industry more serious and professional in terms of engaging contractors, safety and practices in the field.