Heavy explosion on Thursday morning rocked a gas pipeline belonging to Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) now known as Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited (NGPTC) in Ejere community in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.
Details of the incident were still hazy at at time of filling this report for publication but a local source told BigPen Online that the explosion shook the foundation of buildings within the community.
Sources disclosed that the explosion which occurred around the Ejere/Bennet Island was alleged to have been caused by the activities of oil thieves, even as others alleged that it was cause by equipment failure.
The explosion, BigPen Online learnt left residents in fear of the unknown within the Itsekiri enclave owing to the build up animosity between Ijaw of Gbaramatu Kingdom and Itsekiri over the naming of Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Warri South West local government area of the state.
An indigene of area who preferred anonymity, said that it was first believed that the explosion was from one of the NNPC Refinery host communities but a search showed it happened in Egere/Bennett Island which host NGC pipelines.
Confirming the incident, Public Relations Officer of Egbokodo, an Itsekiri community, Hon. Mike Ewetan said, “we sent out our boys into the creeks to ascertain where the explosion and flame emanates from and they have reported that it is not anywhere near their community. So our people are no longer in panic mood.
He said that the wide fire from the explosion has died down “because we learnt that the main supply line and valve from the Escravos end have been blocked”, he revealed.
As at the time of filing this story for publication, officials of NGC were yet to make official comment on the incident.