10 people have been confirmed dead in a pipeline explosion that happened in Komkom community, Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State, on Saturday, June 22nd.
Residents in the community woke up to a deafening sound of the explosion at about 6.45am, forcing them to run helter skelter.
The exploded pipeline is said to belong to Shell Petroleum Development Company. The explosion reportedly occurred when some workers from a yet to be identified firm were working on one of the pipelines.
Confirming the sad incident, the Chairman of Oyigbo LGA, Gerald Oforji, said the remains of the deceased people were pulled out from the scene of the incident after the fire was put out.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, DSP. Nnamdi Omoni said he was yet to be fully briefed on the development.
DSP Omoni said the incident occurred when workers of a company were carrying out repair works at the pipeline in Kom-Kom, saying the police had commenced investigation into the incident.