TRAGEDY STRUCK AS PIPELINE EXPLOSION KILLS EIGHT IN OYIGBO
Not less than eight people have died in an oil pipeline explosion in the Southeast of Nigeria, a police and local official said this on Sunday, adding that the death toll could rise.
Rivers State police spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni told AFP that the tragedy occurred on Saturday during maintenance work on the pipeline in Oyigbo near the West African country’s oil hub Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
He said that some residents in the area had gone to siphon the spilled products when the explosion occurred, adding that the authorities had ruled out vandalism as the cause of the incident for now.
A local politician, Gerald Oforji said, “rescue workers had counted at least eight burnt bodies, but I think there could have been more”.
He added that from the investigations so far, the pipeline belongs to the Pipeline Product Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.