There was tension yesterday morning in Ighwrenene community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State, over pipeline explosion.
Four months ago, suspected oil pipeline vandals blew up a high pressure gas pipeline belonging to the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, in the same community.
The incident, it was gathered, occurred around 1:50am on Thursday, sending huge balls of flame visible from different parts of Ughelli.
As at press time it could not be confirmed who was responsible for yesterday’s sabotage.
But an Urhobo militant group, Urhobo Gbagbako had claimed responsibility for the April 3 pipeline explosion in the community amongst others that had occurred within and around Ughelli metropolis.
The militant group had also threatened the federal government that it would increase more pipeline explosions on a massive scale if the government failed to heed its demands as regards the pipeline surveillance contract.
It was gathered that officials of the NPDC and Delta State Fire Service made frantic efforts to put off the fire but could not gain access to the scene, as the road was flooded with water.
An official of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Fire Department who spoke on anonymity said “we are making attempts to switch off supply to the line but till that happens, we are helpless and can’t gain access to the point of explosion owing to the flooded terrain of the road,”
Residents of Ighwrenene and other adjourning communities have lamented the state of security of the pipelines crisscrossing their communities, with a call on the federal government to engage locals in the security of the pipelines.


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