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Oyigbo LGA up in flames, What Next?

Friday|28th June, 2019

The Oil Rich Niger Delta State was thrown into a state of pandemonium with the fire outbreak suspected to be a product of illegal crude refining.

In the early hours Saturday, 22nd June 2019, between the hours of 8:15 am to 8:25am, there was a massive explosion in Oyigbo Local Government Area. The explosion which is said to have occurred within a community known as Komkom Asa, in Oyigbo LGA of Rivers is said to be a result of oil bunkering activities in the area. As at the time of filing this report, the exact number of casualties are unconfirmed, but scores of persons were feared dead. Intelligence gathered from our sources puts it that Pipeline vandalism, NEPA installations and kidnapping is a popular trade in the area which seemingly overwhelms security operatives within.

The Saturday incident was as a result of bunkers who vandalise petroleum pipelines transporting refined product to Aba deport, however it is believed luck ran out of them as the already densed swamp went on flame killing more than 100 persons. Residents within the area have called on the Federal government to set up a Military camp within the Kom Kom Community to avoid a reoccurrence of the unfortunate incident and to check the growing spate of insecurity in the area.

INSENSITIVITY ON THE PART OF GOVERNMENT

Since the ill-fated incident, there has been no show of concern from the Rivers State Government. Our checks further revealed that not even a signed press release from any government authority has been made with respect to the incident of Komkom Asa community in Oyigbo. Protection of life and property is the basic responsibility of any government but this growing silence has become a great deal to residents who believe that the government has no goodwill towards them.

FG’S INTERVENTION

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday however called for an investigation into the explosion. Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, expressed sadness over the tragedy.

Shehu, quoting the President, said he was “deeply pained” by the tragedy and condoled with the government and people of Rivers State as well as the families of the victims.