Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –
A ruptured pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has allegedly exploded after it was ignited by a spark from a power electricity cable.
Blank NEWS Online source reveals that the crude oil spill from the neglected pipeline caught fire when the electric spark hit the inflammable product along the Effurun-Sapele Road in Delta state at about 10:00am on Friday, December 04, 2015.
The management of the NNPC had allegedly ignored complaints from concerned Deltans on the dangers posed by the pool of crude oil product from the ruptured pipeline.
An eye witness account says: “Spillages have been rampant on this line and the company has not been proactive in its clean up efforts. We hard barely forgotten the one that happened a stone throw from this spot a couple of weeks back, now we are faced with another fire.”
“The pipeline belongs to NNPC. They were here three days ago to arrest the oil spill situation when it was noticed, but we came back today on further intervention only to run into this fire situation”, a government agent said.
In a bid to cover up the mess caused by the utter neglect of the pipelines by agencies of the federal and state governments, military guards were ordered to smash media gadgets used to capture the scene of fire fighters who struggled in vain to put out the raging inferno.
The pipeline fire, which is the second in the spate of three weeks within the same area, left several cars burnt and those on transit held in gridlock as vehicular movement between Warri and Sapele was caused by a heavy guard of military personnel.
As a safety measure, NNPC officials and military personnel barred vehicles plying the road from all parts of the country from passing through the fire point to curb fatalities.
***Read Blank NEWS Online for regular news updates…Also like us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter @blanknewsonlin1
Advertise in Blank NEWS Online.
Visit Us @:
Phone: +234 8037 644 337
E.I.C: Albert Eruorhe Ograka