ABOUT ten individuals are feared dead in Oyibo Local Government Area of Rivers State following an explosion in a pipeline in the realm.
The incident reportedly occurred in Kom Kom group of the LGA, about noon yesterday. Sources near the scene mentioned the explosion sparked off fireplace which supposedly burnt the victims.
The Police in the state confirmed the incident however couldn't verify the precise variety of casualty as on the time of submitting this report.
Meanwhile President Muhammadu Buhari has requested for a radical investigation to find out what's liable for the gasoline pipeline tragedy in Oyibo Local Government Area of Rivers State in which a number of fatalities have been reported.
The President, in line with a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, is extraordinarily pained by the losses of life in the incident and expressed his condolences to the households of the victims and to the federal government and people of Rivers State.
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Speaking to The Nation on a phone interview yesterday, the spokesman of the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), mentioned, ‘It is true that there was pipeline explosion in Kom Kom space of Oyibo LGA, however we can not verify the variety of casualties now, however our males are there to calm the scenario and do the need.”
He mentioned the State Police Command has commenced full scale investigation on the incident.
Also, the Executive Chairman of the council, Gerald Oforji, confirmed the incident and put the variety of lives misplaced at 10
Oforji mentioned the our bodies of the victims have been recovered from the scene after the fireplace was put out.
He mentioned that no home was destroyed when the explosion occurred.
However, earlier reviews mentioned the affected pipeline belonged to SPDC. But the spokesman of Shell, Bamidele Oladosu, was reported to have denied any report of explosion on the corporate’s Oyigboland facility.
The Nation later gathered final evening that the pipeline that exploded in Oyigbo, Rivers State, that led to the dying of ten individuals, really belongs to the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
A source in NNPC, who spoke in confidence yesterday night, acknowledged that the exploded pipeline was conveying Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) from Port Harcourt to Aba, earlier than vandals tampered with it to steal gasoline, resulting in the explosion.
The high official of NNPC additionally insisted that the pipeline was not that of the Anglo/Dutch oil big, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), as being insinuated.
While later talking final evening by the phone from Lagos, the Media Relations Manager of SPDC, Bamidele Odugbesan, acknowledged that officers of the oil agency had correctly checked the Oyigbo space and confirmed that no pipeline of SPDC was affected by explosion yesterday.
A resident of the realm, Jude Nwanma, mentioned that residents of Izuoma the place the incident occurred have been woken up today by a really loud explosion on a pipeline.
He mentioned that the explosion triggered pandemonium in the realm simply as residents scampered to security.
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