12 people killed in oil pipeline explosion in Nigeria

LAGOS, July 4, 2019 (Xinhua) — Firefighters work on extinguishing a fire caused by an oil pipe explosion in Ijegun town, a satellite town of Lagos, Nigeria, on July 4, 2019. Fire caused by an oil pipeline explosion Thursday in a satellite town of Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, has been put out, according to the Lagos state government. The fire, which occurred along the state-run oil company’s pipeline at Ijegun town at 5 a.m., was reportedly caused by vandals who were stealing oil from the pipeline, the state government said in a statement. (NAN via Xinhua/IANS)

Nigeria : At least 12 people were killed following an explosion from an oil pipeline in Nigeria’s southern state of Rivers, the police said. The explosion in the Rumuekpe community in the Emuoha local government area of Rivers occurred as local residents were scooping oil from an oil pipeline passing the community, said Grace Iringe-Koko, the spokesperson for the police in Rivers, in a statement on Friday.
“So far, at least 12 persons were believed to have been burned to death. The identities of the victims are unknown,” Iringe-Koko added. As many as five vehicles and four tricycles, which were to be used by local people in the area to siphon fuel from the pipeline, were burned to ashes at the explosion site, said the police spokesperson.
According to reports by local media, the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday as a bus loaded with crude oil siphoned from the pipeline went up in flames while heading to an illegal refining point in the area, resulting in the explosion, Xinhua news agency reported.
Oil pipeline vandalism and oil theft are frequently reported in Nigeria. Illegal oil refineries operate by tapping crude oil from pipelines and distilling it into products in improvised tanks.



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