Monday, February 6, 2023

Many killed in Rivers pipeline blast

A report says the blast which has claimed many lives and injured several others was caused by illegal oil refining.

• October 23, 2021
Pipeline explosion
Pipeline explosion (Credit: Nigerian Guardian)

A crude oil pipeline has exploded in Rumuekpe community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, the police have told Peoples Gazette.

State police spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident, said investigation is ongoing to ascertain to number of casualties.

“Investigation is ongoing. The number of casualties is yet to be ascertained,” Mr Omoni said via text message on Saturday morning.

Per The Guardian reports, at least 20 persons have been killed in the explosion while many were severely injured.

Although, The Gazette is yet to confirm the cause of the explosion, the outlet reported the explosion was caused by illegal refining of petroleum product which occurred early  Friday at the Rumuji axis of East-West road in Emohua LGA.

Illegal crude oil refining is rampant in the Niger Delta states. Residents often suffer from black soot with many alleging adverse skin reactions during the rainy season aside other unknown health issues.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Christian Atsu


Christian Atsu found alive hours after being trapped under rubble from Türkiye earthquake 

Twin earthquakes rocked Türkiye and Syria in the early hours of Monday, leading to the death of more than 2,300 people.

Governor Aminu Masari and Bola Tinubu


Tinubu donated N100 million to victims of banditry in Katsina: Masari 

The governor said that the APC presidential candidate gave the donation to be distributed to all victims of insecurity in the state.

Bola Tinubu and Teslim Folarin


Nigeria, Oyo need “new nation handlers” like Tinubu, Folarin: Group

The group also supported the governorship and presidential candidates with billboards, banners, posters, stickers, and shirts.

Atiku Abubakar in Benue state


I will return peace to Benue, promote agriculture: Atiku

The PDP candidate revealed that the measures he will adopt is for the Fulani and Tivs to sign a peace accord.

Road Safety Officiers


FRSC to screen vehicles, drivers for election duties in Zamfara

The corps said safe and timely delivery of election materials was imperative to free, fair and credible elections in the country.

Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) used to illustrate the story


Immigration seizes 106 voter cards from foreigners in Kwara

Foreigners from Niger Republic, Ghana and Benin Republic were caught with PVCs during a patrol by immigration officers within the Ilorin metropolis.