There was pipeline fire in Osisioma area of Abia State on Friday.

Initially, it was thought that only sixteen people died in the incident but the Commissioner of Police in Abia State, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, has said 24 persons have been confirmed dead.

The CP disclosed this shortly after he visited the scenes of the explosion at Umuaduru and Umuimo in Osisioma Local Government Area.

The explosion reportedly occurred in the early hours of Friday, October 12, 2018.

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He said the explosion occurred due to spillage from a pipeline used to pump petrol from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation depot in Aba.

He said: “According to the information from the NNPC depot manager in Aba, the spillage occurred from a pipeline that was undergoing maintenance.

“He said they were instructed to test run the pipeline to ascertain its level of functionality. When we visited the two communities, we were informed that 14 people were reported dead at Umuimo village, while 10 died at Umuduru community.

“Some of the victims who sustained various degrees of burns were said to be asleep when the incident occurred. They were said to have been taken to nearby hospitals and traditional medicine homes for treatment.”

Ogbizi said the police and other security agencies in the state are investigating the plausible cause of the explosion.  

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