Dozens missing after pipeline explodes in NigeriaStaff Writer | March 4, 2019
More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria.
Africa The Nembe trunk line is operated by the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group
The Nembe trunk line is operated by the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group and carries crude to the Bonny export terminal.
Video from the scene shows a large blaze from the ruptured pipeline as villagers look on.
One person can be heard in the background saying: “If they turn off the oil well from the station, the pressure inside the pipeline would reduce, causing the flame to burn out.”
It is not immediately clear if the pipeline has been shut down. Aiteo is yet to comment on the explosion.
The Niger Delta is highly polluted. Nigerian oil companies usually assert that the majority of oil spills are caused by sabotage, theft and illegal refining. ■