Explosion: Abia Government speaks on 19 persons’ death

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The Abia State government has reacted on the pipeline explosion which killed 19 persons in Osisioma local government area of the state on Friday.

The Abia command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)had on Friday, confirmed the death of 19 persons following the pipeline explosion.

The state Commander of the NSCDC, Mr Benito Eze, said that 16 persons, including one woman, died in the explosion that occurred at Umuaduru village in Umueze autonomous community.

The State government, in a statement issued by the Commissioner of Information, John Okiyi Kalu and made available to DAILY POST on Saturday, called on relevant agencies and organization to thoroughly investigate the remote causes of the explosion with a view to preventing future occurrence in the state

The statement reads, “The Government of Abia State received with deep sadness the news of the pipeline explosion that occurred along the Osisioma axis of the state which claimed a number of lives and left many others injured.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the unfortunate incident, their families and friends, as we mourn with them.

“We wish to call on relevant agencies and organizations to thoroughly investigate the remote and immediate causes of the explosion with a view to unravelling the cause and preventing a future occurrence of such unfortunate incident in our State and Nigeria in general.

“All relevant State agencies, including medical emergency responders, have been mobilized to assist the wounded recover as soon as possible.

“May the Lord grant the bereaved the fortitude to bear the loss and the injured speedy recovery.”


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