Oct 17, 2018 1. Okorocha condoles with Abia people over pipeline explosion and deaths


By Sabi Onyenwe, Owerri

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has sent condolences to the government and people of Abia State over the recent oil pipeline explosion which claimed about 50 lives and destroyed   property worth millions of money.

Also, the governor commiserated with the families that lost their beloved ones, in the unfortunate incident.

In a Government House Owerri, official statement over the weekend, governor Okorocha urged the federal government and other relevant bodies, to take steps to checkmate future occurrence of such ugly incident.

According to him, drastic measures should be adopted to guarantee safety of lives and property within and around the areas housing oil and gas installations.

He therefore called for thorough investigation in to the inferno that gutted the pipeline with the aim of finding lasting solution to such disaster.

Last Friday, by 2:am, the oil pipeline passing through Aba area in Abia state, to port-Harcourt refinery, bust in to flames claming many lives and destroying a lot of property.

The exact area the pipeline exploded is known as Umuagoro village which is assessed through Umuimo community in Osisioma Ngwa in Abia state.

Reacting to the ugly incident residents in the area blamed the federal government and the oil companies operating in the area, for not providing adequate security for the lives and property in the area, pointing out that explosion took place in the area where peoples residences cluster.