10 People Feared Dead as Oil Pipeline Explodes In Rivers
No fewer than ten persons were feared dead in Oyibo local Government Area of Rivers state following an explosion in a SHELL pipeline in the area.
The incident reportedly occurred in Kom Kom community of the LGA, around noon on Saturday.
Sources close to the scene said that the explosion sparked off fire, which supposedly burnt the victims.
The Police confirmed the incident but could not ascertain the actual number of casualty as at the time of filing this report.
It was learnt the incident occurred when workers of a company were carrying out repair work in one of the pipelines at Kom Kom in Oyigbo.
Spokesman of the Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), told Nation on phone:
“It is true that there was pipeline explosion in Kom Kom area of Oyibo LGA but we cannot ascertain the number of casualties now, but our men are there to calm the situation and do the necessities.”
He said the Command has commenced full scale investigation on the incident.
Chairman of the council, Gerald Oforji confirmed the incident and put the number of lives lost at 10.
Oforji said the bodies of the victims were recovered from the scene after the fire was put out.
He said that no house was destroyed when the explosion occurred.