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Delta: Thousands evacuated as pipeline erupts close to army barrack

The scene of the pipeline fire on Tuesday. Photo:
Shola O'Neil

Thousands of residents of communities around the
Nigeria Army, Effurun Barracks, Uvwie local
government area of Delta State, were evacuated on
Tuesday afternoon following a massive pipeline

Although what triggered the fire has not been
ascertained at the time of filling this report, The
Nation learnt that at least one house was razed.

Panicking residents of the area were seen fleeing
with their belongings for safe havens outside the

Various sources told our correspondent that the
pipeline which conveys products from the Warri
Refining and Petrochemical Company to other
parts of the country had ruptured several weeks

Residents of the area said the owner of the facility,
Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, a
subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation, allegedly refused to take action until
Tuesday when the pipeline erupted.

“The pipeline had been leaking products for weeks,
maybe months, now the NNPC is fully aware but
they did nothing about it. About a week ago they
came here and were cleaning the oil from the area
but they left again,” a resident of the Mammy
Market shanties told our correspondent.

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