Ikata is a relatively big rural settlement in the Ekpeye ethnic nationality in the Niger Delta. Its administratively located in the Ahoda East Local Government Area of Rivers State. Subsistence farming and fishing are the major occupation of the people. Shell Petroleum Development Company started its oil activities in the community in 1964.
On June 28th, 2002, SPDCs pipeline located at an area in the community called Akbor ruptured and spewed large quantity of crude oil into the various lakes, rivers and farmlands in the area. The Spill has caused deplorable environmental destruction and exposed people to real threat of hunger, disease and untold hardship. Shell has not shown any genuine intention to either stop the spill or clean the impacted area, despite its consequences on the rural economy, ecology and people.