The Public Complaints Commission has called for a thorough investigation into what led to the pipeline explosion in KOMKOM Oyibo local government area.
The Federal Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, Hon. Marshall Israel made the call after he led his team on a visit to the site of the pipeline explosion which allegedly claimed over fifty lives within the area.
In his remarks “I am surprised that the pipeline explosion that allegedly claimed over fifty lives did not make a major headline. From reliable sources, everybody within the parameter of the facility perished in the inferno. No one lived or escaped to tell what happened and how it happened. They were all roasted beyond recognition in the raging fire”.
The Rivers PCC Boss also commiserated with the families of the victims of the incident and indeed Oyigbo People. He said “Today, my heart goes out to the families of the victims of this ugly and unfortunate incident. Those whose lives were cut short by the explosion are people’s fathers, mothers, Children, brothers and sisters who may have dependents of which this calamity would no doubt throw into untold hardship and pains. I condole with the people of Komkom Community and Oyigbo LGA at large.I stand by you and offer my condolences and prayers. It’s unfortunate, irreparable and irreplaceable loss. It’s also expedient to note that this tragic incident could have been avoided”.
He called on relevant agencies to conduct a proper accident investigation to unravel the remote and immediate course of the incident Saying “The course of this tragic incident must be unraveled. I call on NNPC and other agencies concerned to conduct a thorough investigation to ascertain the remote and immediate course of the incident to prevent re occurrence and serve as learning points to the Public. This must be done with immediate effect and alacrity”.
Marshall Israel also called on members of the public to avoid building or encroaching on Pipelines citing the dangers associated therein.
“Our people especially the Youth must stay away from facilities and installations containing flammable and explosive substance. It’s very risky and the consequence is always tragic and catastrophic. If there’s an oil spill or leakage in any of the Pipelines, instead of going to scoop it and sale, you have a responsibility to call the attention of government or the relevant agencies concerned”.