Devastating Pipeline Explosion Hits Bayelsa

A massive explosion has rocked a Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) pipeline spanning Orukari, Golubokiri and Kpongbokiri communities in Brass local government area of Bayelsa State.

The attack was blamed on militants. Similar attacks were carried out last week in Garamatu Kingdom in Delta State, less than 24 hours after a Federal High Court in Lagos issued a warrant of arrest against former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo in connection with a case of money laundering. The former warlord has denied having anything to do with the explosions.

The latest bombing has resulted in a massive spillage of crude oil on the waterways and at fishing camps. A statement in Yenegoa by member of the State House of Assembly representing Brass Constituency 1, Isreal Sunny-Igoli, confirming the incident, said preliminary investigations into the incident showed that it was an act of sabotage carried out with intent to hurt the economic interests of Bayelsa and Nigeria.

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