The death toll from Friday’s oil pipeline explosion in two Abia communities in Osisioma Local Government Area of the state has risen to 24.
The State Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, said this while briefing newsmen in Umuahia on Saturday after visiting the scene of the explosion.
“When we visited the two communities on Saturday, we were informed that 14 people were reported dead at Umuimo village, while 10 died at Umuaduru.
“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,” he said.
The police boss said that management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Aba depot blamed the explosion on a spillage from a pipeline that was undergoing maintenance.
He said that the incident was being investigated by the command in conjunction with the other security agencies in the state to determine the possible cause.