Three persons working for an oil servicing firm were reportedly killed on Sunday in Olugboboro, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, following a pipeline explosion. According to Vanguard reports, the victims were said to be clamping a leaking pipeline when tragedy struck. The pipeline is owned by Nigerian Agip Oil Company NAOC.
It was gathered that basic safety measures might not have been observed during the operation, which involved clamping of the leaking crude oil pipeline. Regulatory officials of the Bayelsa Ministry of Environment, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and a 12-member maintenance crew were among the victims
This is coming barely two month after twelve oil workers were reportedly killed and three injured in a pipeline explosion which happened at Agip’s oil fields in Azuzuama in Same Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
A statement released then by the parent company of NAOC, Eni, spokesman Filipo Cotalini, said the explosion occurred at the site of the repair works of the Tebidaba-Clough Creek line, an oil pipeline previously damaged by acts of sabotage.
“The explosion resulted in the death of 12 members of the maintenance team of a local company of services, with 3 others being injured,” he said. “The incident was being investigated by Eni and the local authorities. However, the company expresses its deepest condolences to the families involved in this tragic accident.”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has pleaded with Nigerians to exercise patience, as it is working non-stop to provide relief and make sure that the embarrassing fuel crisis presently going on in the country ends within the next two weeks.
In a statement released over the weekend, the Group General Manager Public Affairs of the NNPC, Mr. Garba Deen Mohammed said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), wishes to empathize with the difficulties Nigerians are presently going through due to the current fuel situation and assures that the government and NNPC are not taking their patience for granted.