Residents flee as pipeline explodes in Bayelsa State

A major Nigerian oil pipeline has exploded forcing nearby residents to flee and raising suspicions of possible sabotage.

The Nembe Creek Trunk pipeline runs from an oil terminal in Bonny to Bayelsa State with capacity of 150,000 barrels per day.

“We have not been officially briefed on the incident, but it occurred. No lives were lost as a result of the explosion and we can’t confirm if it was an attack by militants or an equipment failure unless the people managing the facility go there” to determine the cause” Bayelsa State Police spokesman Asinim Butswat, said.

Ndiana-Abasi Mathew, a public relations official for Aiteo, the company that manages the pipeline, confirmed the incident saying. “There is no official statement at the moment but I can gladly inform you that the fire has been contained and no lives were lost,” Mathew said.

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