Reports suggest that an explosion has damaged facilities belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company.

The explosion was said to have happened  around Ikarama in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

A youth leader in the community, Ben Warder, disclosed that the residents heard loud sounds from the affected oil facilities and were scared to go near the affected area.

Warder stated, “The site is not far from Ikarama. We heard sounds from the blasts and it sounded like dynamites

“It was not safe to go near, so when the situation became quiet we had to trace what happened and it turned out that Shell’s gas pipeline and Agip’s crude lines were destroyed.

“The incident resulted in air pollution from the gas pipeline and crude leak which members of the affected communities are battling to cope with.”

A spokesperson for the SPDC, Michael Adande, confirmed the incident, saying the impacted facility had been shut down to avoid further damage.

He stated, “We have a report of an interference on our pipeline about 1 kilometre from Ikarama community in Bayelsa State.

“We immediately shut-in the line and we have informed the relevant regulatory government agencies and stakeholders.

He added, “A government-led joint investigation team will determine the cause of the interference.”

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