At least 50 people missing after pipeline explodes in Nigeria

Bayelsa Communities Lament Oil Spill Following Explosion

Bayelsa Communities Lament Oil Spill Following Explosion

Some communities in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been sacked following a gas explosion in the area.

Aiteo had yet to comment on the explosion.

Scores of local residents have been reported missing in southern Nigeria following a gas explosion at a trunk line at the Niger Delta area, local authorities confirmed on Saturday. "They have abused the rights of the people", he said.

The Nembe communities affected include Nembe creek 1, 2 and 3, Fatuo and Kalablomi.

It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 4am near Oil Well 7 on Friday.

It is not immediately clear if the pipeline has been shut down.

The spokesman of the Nembe Chiefs Council, Nengi James-Eriworio, said there was "massive destruction of the area with air and water heavily polluted".

James-Erworio who called on the oil exploration company to be mindful of the welfare of the indigenes, said the community would not hesitate to drag the company before the National Assembly to seek redress.

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"As of 6pm, the time you are calling, the fire is still raging".

"The poor response of Aiteo to this incident is not acceptable and questionable". The people are afraid. Women and children are missing.

The residents told Channels Television that the creek had been taken over by crude oil, adding that the people were in dire need of medical and relief supplies. This is a large scale explosion.

He called on the Nigerian government to respond and investigate the incident.

In 2016, local community leaders initiated a court action in London against the energy giant Royal Dutch Shell, in a case with potentially far-reaching consequences for whether companies could be sued in Britain for pollution and damages caused by their activities in other countries.

"We are anxious about the poor response and attitude of the company towards the host communities in Nembe". The trunk line carries crude to the Bonny export terminal.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation, Ndu Ughamadu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja, on Saturday dissociated the corporation from the incident.

"I have cross-checked with our downstream unit that manages our pipeline and they said that they didn't have such records".

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