The Group Managing Director (GMD), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari, has rubbished reports of an explosion on the Abura Crude Trunk line.
According to a statement signed by NNPC spokesman, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, Kyari stated that contrary to news making the rounds, the Crude Trunk line at Otu-Jeremi town in Ughelli, Delta, which is being operated by the corporation, never exploded.
He stated instead that the corporation’s pipeline had suffered a little crack which he said would be fixed within three days.
“It was not an explosion. It was a rupture on one of our pipelines. Our team of engineers has since moved to site. In three days, we should be able to fix it.
“We have since contained the spill coming out of that pipeline. There was no fire anywhere on the pipeline. So there is no cause for alarm,” Kyari said.
He advised members of the public and the host community in particular to take the fake news with a pinch of salt, saying that the incident would not result in power outage.