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Bayelsa Explosion: Police Recover Remains Of 12 Victims

…Two Still Missing

The Bayelsa State Police Command said yesterday that it had recovered the remains of victims of Thursday’s crude oil pipeline explosion which occurred in Agip’s field in Bayelsa.

Spokesman for the Bayelsa Police command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, disclosed this in Yenagoa, the state capital, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Butswat, who further disclosed that two persons were still missing, said that search and rescue efforts had since been activated, but yet to yield any result.

“On Thursday, June 9, 2015, at about 1600hrs, a pipeline exploded while Agip staff were carrying out routine maintenance on Tebidaba-Clough line, in Southern Ijaw LGA.

“Twelve persons were burnt beyond recognition, which included a soldier on guard duty amongst others. “Four persons were rescued alive and are undergoing treatment, while two persons are still missing Search for the missing persons is ongoing,” Butswat said.

Officials of Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), representatives of the host community and Bayelsa Ministry of Environment, were investigating the cause of a recent oil spill in the area when the explosion occurred.

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