No fewer than three maintenance workers were killed in a pipeline explosion at an oil field operated by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in Olugboro community in Southern Ijaw local government area of Bayelsa state, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) has said.
Confirming the incident, the Director-General of the agency, Dr Peter Idabor, during a telephone interview with NAN, said that a staff of the agency was however lucky to escape death.
Also speaking with newsmen, a source in Olugboro Community who said that the dead people were repairing crude oil pipelines, added that the explosion left several people injured.
According to Idabor, the survivor had drawn the attention of oil workers to the breach of safety procedure and left the scene shortly before the incident occurred.
“I received a report of the incident from our staff in Yenagoa office and luckily one of our officers on the team survived.
“Because of the safety conditions of the place after inspection my staff left the place and he was not affected.
“I am going to report the matter officially to the minister of environment today,” Idabor said.
Recall that a similar blast had occurred at Agip’s oil field in Azuzuama in Southern Ijaw, on July 9, 2015 leaving 14 people dead and several others injured.