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Nigeria Counts Dead in Pipeline Explosion

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

An explosion in Oyigbo, Nigeria left more than half-a-dozen dead. According to reports out of the West African country, at least eight people were killed when an oil pipeline exploded.

Police and local official say that the death toll could grow.

The accident occurred on June 22 during maintenance work on the pipeline in Oyigbo near Port Harcourt, Rivers State, police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni told AFP. 

“Some persons in the area had gone to scoop the spilled product when the explosion occurred,” he said, adding that authorities had ruled out “sabotage as the cause of the incident for now.”

The pipeline is said to belong to the Pipeline Product Marketing Company, a subsidiary of NNPC.