Yenagoa — Three persons were burnt beyond recognition while seven others sustained burns in an explosion at a Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) pipeline in Olugboboro community in Olodiama, Southern Ijaw LGA of Bayelsa State.
The Easter Sunday blast occurred when some technical staff of an oil contracting firm, Maco Marine, were working on a ruptured pipeline.
Bodies of the three victims, including an underwater welder identified as Nelson Negibo, who were burnt beyond recognition were recovered on Monday.
Two of the victims were identified as natives of Ada-ma in Twon-Brass. Other victims with burns were flown for treatment in Bayelsa and Rivers States.
The state coordinator of Environmental Right Action (ERA), Comrade Morris Alagoa, described the incident as tragic. The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) through its Director-General, Dr. Peter Idabor, said a member of staff of the agency escaped death in the incident.