Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation pipeline exploded at mechanic village in Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta, on Friday.

Eye witnesses said the explosion occurred as result of spillage from the corroded pipelines and the resultant fire burning property in the area.

This is coming barely two weeks after the same pipeline exploded and burnt the mammy market close to the 3 Battalion, Effurun.

Samson Osas, a witness, said the Sapele dual carriageway where the mechanic site was located, was filled with crude oil spill on Thursday.

He added that the development attracted officials of the NNPC who came to drain the products.
“We woke up on Thursday morning and discovered crude oil flood along this Sapele road.

“At about 9 am (Friday), there was fire. It had spread everywhere. No life was lost; soldiers have been on guard since Thursday,’’ he said.

“Of course that same morning, NNPC brought about three fuel tankers to drain the oil.

Another witness said more than 15 vehicles and several shops were consumed in the inferno, adding that a bus owner lost his vehicle to the flame.


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