Residents Flee After Nigeria Gas Company Pipeline Explodes

13 Jan 2018   Nigeria

A heavy explosion at the Nigeria Gas Company pipeline, which crosses the Ugbokodo community near the Warri Refinery, caused chaos in the area, according to emerging reports . The explosion occurred at 4:00 in the morning on Thursday, pushing residents to search for shelter as fires began spreading to homes. Some residents and children had not been found at the time of writing. Local news source The Punch said leakages from the pipeline had caused the explosion. Local fire services put out the fires at 8:00 in the morning. No loss of life has been reported so far. Residents say it was the NGC’s responsibility to fix the pipeline after a group of locals reported the leaks to the managing company’s Ekpan-Warri office. Two other pipelines run by the same company had also ruptured, according to community members. “After the explosion, many of our residents who fled into the […]

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