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Many people were reportedly dead after a tanker allegedly used by oil bunkers exploded in the forest of Obitti, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

The incident was said to have happened on Tuesday at Ndorama Pipeline at the Obitti Rubber Estate of Ohaji/Egbema Local Government of the state. 

An eyewitness, in a viral video on social media, said,  “Vandals came to vandalise the pipeline right of way. This place is called Ndorama Pipeline, right of way.

“They drove to the place in a tanker suspected to be used for the illegal bunkering. They dug deep into the ground, located the pipeline, and from where they tapped and emptied the oil into a tanker parked inside the bush.

“They used long hoses connected them to the pipe, but unfortunately, luck ran out of them. It exploded and killed many of them. You can see some of them burnt to ashes. Some of them their bodies are still burning. The tanker is still burning.”

Henry Okoye, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident on Thursday and said the command had set up a team to investigate the immediate cause of the incident and arrest the persons involved.

He said, “Our team have moved to the scene to unravel the cause of the fire.”

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