Reports on the number of people killed at the KOMKOM pipeline Explosion is rattling residents of the community who disagreed with earlier reports that about hundred persons lost their lives in the inferno.
One of the locals who spoke to our correspondent on Monday said over hundred people are said to have been killed following an explosion that ripped through a pipeline when the locals were scooping petrol. He said more persons are still missing in the community and urge Authorities to take action to ascertain the number of persons killed.
Some of the residents said they are still recovering dead bodies at the site of the pipeline explosion due to the muddy terrain
‘’They explained that the explosion occurred on Saturday when people came to scoop petrol from a ruptured pipeline, they also said that some of the victims were palm wine tapper who had gone out on their daily trade and was roasted alive on top of the palm wine trees’’
‘’Another KOMKOM resident in OYIBO who simply identified himself as Onyeike said the people trooped to the vandalized pipeline to scoop fuel to help themselves. He admitted that he had scooped enough of the product and had left the community to market the product when the incident occurred. He was however full of praises to God for sparing his life as he said I escaped by whiskers of divine providence.
Some other residents also blamed the current hardship in the country for the reason behind the incident in oyibo, saying ‘’ if people had Jobs to do what would force young boys to go and vandalize pipelines knowing the dangers it portended to the environment and the people of the area?
Meanwhile a journalist Precious Ahiokwu with the Team of Nosdra and NNPC delegation who went to the site for first hand assessment and to curtail further damages confirmed that the PPMC pipeline which supplied petrol to ABA DEPOT was vandalized which led to the explosion, she said site assessments showed activities of bunkerers on going as illegal pipes and hose were laid by the bunkering hoodlums used in siphoning the products were abandoned at another end of the explosion site.
She said stakeholders have commenced investigation to ascertain the damages and move dead bodies littered at the site of the deadly inferno, as investigation continues.