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Buhari sympathises with victims of Rivers gas explosion, orders probe



PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the people and Government of Rivers State following the death of some workers in the  gas pipeline explosion that occurred recently in Komkom community of  Oyigbo Local Government Area of  the state. He has also ordered a probe in to the incidence. 

In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the president said he was extremely pained by the loss of lives as a result of the incident.

He, therefore, asked for a thorough investigation to determine what was responsible for the gas pipeline tragedy in Oyibo Local Government Area of Rivers in which several fatalities were reported.

It could be recalled that at least 10 persons were killed by the gas pipeline explosion.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, the deafening sound of the explosion was said to have caused serious panic in the community as residents began to make enquiries about what happened.

It was also gathered that the explosion occurred when some workers from a yet to be identified firm were working on one of the pipelines.

“It was around 8am when we heard a loud explosion. Most of the residents were still in their houses when the loud explosion occurred.

According to a source who chose anonymity, “I woke and gathered all my family members together before we moved out of the house. As we were moving out, I saw smoke coming out of the pipeline not very far from my house.

“I saw many persons running out of their houses. I did not exactly know what was happening. We just heard a loud explosion, which was followed by billows of smoke. I later learnt that the explosion occurred in one of the pipelines.”






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