Command probes as Imo pipeline explosion claims five lives

The Imo State Police Command has set up an investigation team following the Wednesday’s pipeline explosion which killed five persons at Obitti community in the Ohaji /Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State. 

The command spokesperson, Henry Okoye, disclosed that the state Commissioner of Police, Aboki Danjuma, had launched a probe into the incident which claimed the lives of five vandals in the community. 

He said that the essence of the probe was to arrest the situation and stop further economic sabotage of the State. 

Our correspondent gathered that some vandals had gone to a rubber estate in Obitti community and attempted to tamper with the oil by digging through an oil pipeline in the community. 

In an attempt to steal the oil, the pipeline caught fire and killed five persons. 

Our correspondent saw a video clip circulating on the social media showing the charred remains of the victims. 

The clip which also showed an articulated vehicle the vandals came being by fire, had a voice explaining the cause of the explosion at the rubber estate.

Our correspondent recalls that oil thefts and pipeline explosions had severally happened in the area.

In 2022, an explosion occurred at an illegal refinery in the LGA, killing no fewer than 100 people. 

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