Tension as Pipeline explosion rocks in river community, kills 12

According to community reports, the incident that occurred on Thursday was caused by oil bunkering activity.

According to one of the reports, the community’s teenagers were fond of siphoning petroleum products from a number of pipelines positioned along a length of the community’s adjourning villages.

Mr Chikwem Godwin, a resident of the village, told our reporter that the region was known for oil bunkering.

According to him, the event occurred when the criminals attempted to cut one of the gasoline pipes.

Given the number of people that congregated at the area on a daily basis, he believes more than 20 people may have died in the incident.

“I can confirm to you that more than 20 persons died in that very incident.”

“That particular place where this incident occurred is very notorious for bunkering activities. Youths from various communities gather there to carry out criminal activities of cutting oil pipes.

“The place is the centre of oil bunkering activities. There are so many oil , petrol and gas pipeline that crisscross the community. The pipelines are owned by some multi national oil companies.

“NLNG also have their gas pipeline crisscross along the stretch of the community. Those involved in this criminal activities may have ruptured petrol pipeline which ignited fire and burnt to death so many persons. This incident may have affected many families from all the neighboring communities as many youths involved in this nefarious activities comes from different community,” he said.

Another Rumuekpe resident, Amadi, said he witnessed five bodies that had been burned beyond recognition.

When contacted, SP Nnmadi Omoni, the Public Relations Officer for the Rivers State Police Command, confirmed the story but said he had not yet determined the number of dead.

He added that a detachment from the State Police Command had been dispatched to the area to ensure law and order.

Source: Dailytrust

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