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Several Killed in Port Harcourt Refinery Blast

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Port Harcourt Refinery Blast Bella Naija

At least seven people were killed on Sunday when an explosion occurred in Port Harcourt Refinery Jetty in Okrika Local Government Area, Rivers State.

The explosion was allegedly triggered by the activities of pipeline vandals and oil thieves, Punch reports.

Chairman of Okrika Local Government Area, Tamuno Williams, confirmed the incident, stating that oil thieves were siphoning petroleum products to the creeks.

Williams accused the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), of being negligent.

He alleged that oil thieves in connivance with PPMC were responsible for the explosion.

“Such activities, such connection, such highly technical work, well constructed by experts, could not have been perfectly done without the connivance of the PPMC, he said.

Photo Credit: Punch

6 Comments

  1. www.blogsvila.blogspot.com

    May 19, 2014 at 4:15 am

    When i first saw this i thought you meant Boko bombed them, lol

  2. lyn

    May 19, 2014 at 6:48 am

    billions of naira is alloted to some militants to protect the pipeline, yet there is still vandalization…SMH

  3. @edDREAMZ

    May 19, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Just in three days, 40 died in borno, 50 in kano and nw this…. Who we offend abeg… Have mercy nw…
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • wifey

      May 19, 2014 at 9:39 am

      We nor offend anybody. Na greed dey cause all these troubles.

  4. Lola

    May 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Sheybi they tompolo a multimillion naira contract for his company to protect the oil pipe lines . This is what I am talking about instead of arresting these criminals you reward them, this needs to stop . This is why we shouldn’t negotiate with those bastards called Boko haram

    • Lola

      May 19, 2014 at 9:05 am

      *gave

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