50-plus people missing after pipeline explodes in Nigeria

A local official says more than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline erupted and created a stampede in southern Nigeria.

The Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, tells that the explosion early Friday caused massive oil spillage in the Nembe Kingdom in Bayelsa state.

The Nembe trunk line is run by the Port Harcourt-based Aiteo Group and carries crude to the Bonny export terminal. The pipeline is collectively owned by Agip, Oando and Shell Petroleum Development Company.

Aiteo is yet to clarify on the explosion. It is not immediately clear if the pipeline has been shut down.

The Niger Delta is highly infected. Nigerian oil companies usually state that the majority of oil spills are created by treason, theft and illegal refining.

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