At least eight killed in Oyigbo oil pipeline blast

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At least eight people were killed when an oil pipeline exploded in Oyigbo, Port Harcourt as the authorities say the death toll could rise.

Police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni confirmed that the incident occurred on Saturday during maintenance work on the pipeline.

Omoni said some persons had gone to scoop the spilled product when the explosion occurred adding that authorities had ruled out “sabotage as the cause of the incident for now”.

The said pipeline belongs to the Pipeline Product Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.