The Senate has resolved to investigate the deaths of 135 persons who perished in the ill-fated pipeline explosion in Osisoma Local Government Area of Abia State on Saturday, October 13.
The cause of the explosion was traced to the neglect of supervision by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Police in the state.
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To this end, the Senate has mandated its Committees on Police and the Downstream sectors to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.
This resolution was a sequel to a motion moved by Sen. Theodore Orji during plenary on Wednesday, October 17.
While moving the motion, Sen. Orji, a former governor of the state recounted how the unfortunate explosion caused the deaths of the 153 victims, noting that the fire outbreak was not as a result of vandalization but as a dereliction of duty by the NNPC and the policemen guarding the facility.
According to Sen. Orji, there are two pipelines, one being supervised by the villagers who have been abandoned and the other installed by NNPC.
He said the chairman of the local government had drawn the attention of the NNPC Depot manager who refused to acknowledge his invitation.
He added that the NNPC charges each villager N1,200 to scoop fuel from the leaking point but on the day the incident occurred, the explosion was caused by the wave from a mobile phone.
While addressing the issue, the Red Chamber resolved that the NNPC commence immediate repair on the areas that have leakages and also urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to send relief materials to the victims.