In a devastating incident on Sunday night, around twenty people lost their lives in a pipeline explosion in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni local government area of Rivers state. Additionally, fifteen individuals suffered varying degrees of fire burns and are currently receiving treatment in hospitals.
Vincent Job, the chairman of Ogba Egbema Ndoni local government area, verified the number of casualties in an interview with ait.live. However, he did not stop there, accusing security personnel responsible for safeguarding the oil facility of compromise and collusion with oil thieves.
The incident is a heart-wrenching tragedy, shedding light on not only the immediate loss of lives but also the challenges and issues surrounding the security of critical infrastructure. As investigations unfold, the community grapples with the aftermath of this unfortunate event.
The high powered pressure multiple trunk line belonging to the Nigeria Agip Oil company was where the twenty persons reportedly lost their lives while attempting to steal crude from the multiple pipelines conveying different products to NAOC facility at OB plant.
The Chairman, Ogba Egbema Nodoni local government area,Vincent Job, regretted the avoidable deaths of those involved while tampering with the high-pressure pipeline but accused security personnel protecting the facilities of colluding with the oil thieves.
Leading journalists to the explosion site, a local security outfit, the Onelga Security Peace and Advisory Committee (OSPAC), Cautioned youths to stop destroying oil facilities meant for economic advancement of the country.
As at the time of filing this report, the trunk line has been shutdown awaiting repairs from the relevant authorities.