•Three persons injured, suspects arrested
•Cause of explosion still uncertain
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has confirmed that no life was lost in the twin fuel pipeline explosion that rocked Niger State on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of NSCDC, Niger State Command, Ibrahim Yahaya, in a statement on Monday, gave official account of the incident.
Yahaya stated that on July 8, 2018 at about 5am, there was an explosion on one of the pipelines of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) located along Dangodagbe village popularly known as Pago under Paikoro Local Government Council of Niger State.
He said that another explosion occurred at about 5:30pm which was controlled by the response agencies.
According to him, the cause of the explosions are still uncertain but experts from NNPC Headquarters are already on the ground to find out the main cause of the incidence.
Yahaya however, said that the NSCDC and other sister agencies including the police, fire service among others have cordoned off the entire village to avert human casualties and protection of properties.
He stated: “The NSCDC Niger state command will like to put the record straight that no life was lost after the search and rescue operations as at this evening.
The operation is continuous.
“However, three persons who sustained severe injury at the scene of the burst pipeline have been evacuated to the hospital for comprehensive medical treatment.”
Yahaya also disclosed that some suspects have been arrested for attempting to scope fuel from the burst pipelines while some vehicles were also destroyed due to the inferno.
He nevertheless, warned the citizens, including villagers and commuters along the axis of the explosion to stay away from the scene for now pending the return of normalcy to the affected areas.
He advised commuters along Minna-Suleja road are advised to obey all traffic instructions at this period.