The Nigerian police has confirmed an attack on a facility belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) at the Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo.
The police PRO in the state, Andrew Enwerem, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Owerri that the police received report of the attack in the early hours of Thursday.
He could not disclose the extent of damage done to the facility or the group that carried out the attack.
Spokesman for SPDC, Precious Okolobo, said;
The Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP), which runs through Awara, Imo State at the Assa-Rumuekpe line, has been shut for repairs since June 8, following a leak at Okolo launch, Bonny in Rivers State.
We are investigating the reported incident at Awara.
A source in Awarra community told NAN that the incident occurred at about 5.30a.m.
The explosion, the source said, created huge flame at the site and could not confirm if there was any loss of life.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. – NAN