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NSCDC speaks on Minna explosions

The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has given an update on the explosions that occurred in Minna, Niger state on Sunday.

Ibrahim Yahaya, Niger Command spokesman, in a statement on Monday, said at about 5am, one of the pipelines of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) located along Dangodagbe village popularly known as Pago in Paikoro LG exploded.

He confirmed that another explosion occurred at about 5:30pm also on Sunday but was contained by response agencies.

Yahaya explained that the cause of the explosions is still uncertain but experts from the NNPC Headquarters were already on the ground to investigate the incidents.

He added: “Meanwhile, the NSCDC and other sister agencies including the police, fire service among others have cordoned off the entire village to avert human casualties and protection of properties.

“The NSCDC Niger state command will like to put the record straight that no life was lost after the search and rescue operations as at Sunday evening. The operation is continuous.

“However, three persons who sustained severe injury at the scene of the burst pipeline have been evacuated to the hospital for comprehensive medical treatment.

“Some suspects have been arrested for attempting to scope fuel from the burst pipelines while some vehicles were also destroyed due to the inferno.

“The NSCDC Niger state command wishes to warn citizens, including villagers and commuters along the axid of the explosion to stay away from the scene for now pending the return of normalcy to the affected areas.

“Finally commuters along Minna Suleja road are advised to obey all traffic instructions at this period.”

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