Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on Friday reported an oil pipeline fire outbreak along the Osisioma axis near Aba Depot, Abia State, in the oil firm’s System 2E pipeline network.
According to the corporation, the incident might have been caused by suspected oil thieves who had hacked into the line to intercept flow of petrol from Port Harcourt to Aba.
The NNPC Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, confirmed fatalities and loss of properties in the ensuing inferno.
Ughamadu said the corporation’s safety experts, along with men of the Abia State Fire Service, had swung into action to contain the situation, adding that updates on the situation would be provided as soon as possible.
The NNPC Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, expressed shock at the wanton willful destruction of lives and properties occasioned by the incident.
The GMD prayed that God would repose the souls of the innocent ones that perished in the incident, even as he warned members of the public against tempering with oil and gas facilities.
He noted that oil and has facilities were inflammable.
Baru called on host communities to create avenues to moderate criminal tendencies of a few bad eggs living among them.
Reports on Friday said scores of lives were lost to the inferno.
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