Pipeline Explosion Kills 10, Buhari Orders Investigation
Reports available indicate that at least 10 persons were killed in the pipeline that exploded on Saturday in Komkom community, Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State. Eyewitness account says the explosion, which happened around 6.45am caused so much panic in the community. The explosion was said to have happened as some workers from an unidentified firm was were working on one of the pipelines.
However, there are no clear indications of which company the exploded pipeline belonged to, as some sources claimed it belonged to Shell Petroleum Development Company, while claimed the pipeline was the property of the Petroleum Product Marketing Company. Meanwhile the spokesman for the SPDC, Bamidele Odugbwsan, said that none of its facilities exploded in Oyigbo recently.
According to Jude, who resided within the area, the loud explosion killed 10 persons “It was around 8am when we heard a loud explosion. Most of the residents were still in their houses when the loud explosion occurred. I woke and gathered all my family members together before we moved out of the house. As we were moving out, I saw smoke coming out from the pipeline not very far from my house. It was later that I learnt that the explosion occurred in one of the pipelines.’’
The Chairman of Oyigbo LGA, Gerald Oforji, confirmed the incident, said that no hoise was destroyed by the fire and that corpses of the dead poeple were pulled out after the fire was put out.
Though the Nigerian Police, through its State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, established that they are aware of the explosion, and are currently investigating the circumstances that led to the explosion.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for an investigation into the explosion. Buhari, sent a statement through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, where he expressed how sad the tragedy has made him.
According to the statement, President Buhari is “deeply pained” by the tragedy and condoled with the government and people of Rivers State, as well as the families of the victims.