No fewer than 10 persons died on Friday following an explosion at the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) in Rumuekpe, Rivers.
Police Spokesman in Rivers, SP Grace Iringe-Koko, who confirmed the incident in a statement to newsmen, said that rescue efforts were underway.
The TNP, operated by Shell, evacuates crude from its oil fields to the Bonny Crude Oil Export Terminal.
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Also confirming the incident, a Shell Spokesman, Michael Adande, said in a statement on Friday that the fire incident occurred at the Rumuekpe-Nkpoku trunk line in Rivers State.
He said that Shell’s technical teams were already working with relevant government agencies to put out the fire.
Adande said that a thorough investigation would be undertaken to ascertain the cause of the incident.