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Oil pipeline explodes in Rivers

The Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) has confirmed an explosion leading to a major fire incident near a pipeline in Rumuekpe Community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

According to a statement by the Chief Executive of NUPRC, Gbenga Komolafe, the Commission in line with its statutory regulatory oversight has commenced investigation into the incident in conjunction with relevant stakeholders and will provide update appropriately.

The statement notes that, although there are speculations about the level of casualties; NUPRC cannot confirm any until investigation is done.

It assures people of the area and all Nigerians that necessary measures to ensure Oil and Environmental safety in line with global best practices will be taken to safeguard Lives and Property.

The Reuters reports that a civil defence spokesman for Emohua, Garuba Yabuku, said the incident was reported around 4:30 a.m. on Friday.

”We are not sure the number of casualties but a lady was rescued and body burnt, he said.”

Writing by Conrad Labeh; Editing by Muzha Kucha & Annabel Nwachukwu