Casualties As pipeline explodes in Rivers State
A pipeline explosion from an illegal refining petroleum products in Rumueke Community in Emohua Local council of Rivers State has reportedly killed 20 People including Two at a police Roadblock.
Recently they have been some teary casualty reports in that same area ,
Following the ghastly motor accident that claimed the life of 2 persons and several others who sustained serious injuries, according to source, this happened in the early hours of yesterday being 22, October 2021 st the Rumuji axis of East-West Road In Emohua local council of the state.
Reporting from the guardian, Some citizens were also reportedly killed on account of illegal bunkering in the state Last month.
And just about Thursday last week, the latest incident that was recorded was that of the youths of the community tapping petroleum products from several pipelines located on the stretch of the adjourning villages
According to the guardian,
A resident of the community, Mike Ndele, said the area was prone to oil bunkering activities, disclosing that the pipeline exploded when the bunkerers attempted to cut off one of the pipeline heads. He said that about 20 persons died in the incident.
His exact words was “I can confirm to you that more than 20 persons died in that very incident. The particular place where this incident occurred is very notorious for bunkering activities. Youths from various communities gathered there to carry out criminal activities of cutting oil pipes. The place is the centre of oil bunkering activities. There are so many petrol and gas pipelines that crisscross the community. Some multinational oil companies own the pipelines.
“NLNG also has their gas pipeline along the stretch of the community. Those involved in this criminal activity may have ruptured a petrol pipeline, which ignited fire and burnt to death so many persons. This incident may have affected many families from the neighbouring communities as many youths involved in this nefarious activity comes from different communities.”
One Amadi who is also a resident of Rumuekpe, claims he saw with his 2 naked eyes five bodies as they got burnt beyond recognition
The Rivers state police command (PPRO), SP Nnamdi Omoni, haf confirmed the incident when contacted
However, he made it clear that he was yet to ascertain the number of deaths, adding that a detachment from the State Police Command had been deployed to the area to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order.
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An eyewitness at the scene of the accident on East-West road, Kachy Robinson, said that two commercial buses coming from opposite sides had a head-on collision, which resulted in the loss of two lives while several others sustained different degrees of injuries.
He said “There is an accident along this East-West road at Rumuji after the police stations. So far, two people have been confirmed dead and many others persons wounded,” .
Robinson claimed that accidents had been a recurring at that axis of the road. He blamed the ‘permanent’ roadblock mounted by the police in the area for the unfortunate development, noting that since men of Rumuji Police Division blocked one side of the road as a measure to curb crime in the state, commuters have been forced to use only one lane.
The incident could not be confirmed by the state PPRO due to the fact that he wasn’t able to reply to calls and text message at the time the case was reported