Five oil thieves have been killed by an explosion following their attempts to vandalise a crude oil pipeline in Bayelsa State.
The incident reportedly occurred at a gas pipeline belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company linking Azagbene in Ekeremor and other communities in Southern Ijaw areas of the state.
It was learnt on Saturday that two of the vandals were roasted to death while three others were burnt beyond recognition.
A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the victims of the explosion were found by indigenes recently in the creeks of Azagbene, in the Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state.
The suspected oil thieves were said to have attempted to destroy the pipeline using dynamites when nemesis caught up with them.
“The indigenes heard the sound of the explosion. It was followed by fire. But in the morning, when they went to the scene, they found two dead bodies and three others badly burnt,” the source indicated.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, said the matter had not been officially reported to the command.
Reacting to the development, the Chairman, Central Zone Chairman, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Mr. Tare Porri, who confirmed the incident, said it occurred on a gas pipeline belonging to NAOC.
He said the pipeline linked Azagbene in Ekeremor and other communities in the SILGA.
Porri warned youths in the various communities to desist from pipeline vandalism because of the dangers it posed to lives and the environment.
Porri stated, “The incident occurred between the communities of Azagbene and Okpotuari and the victims of the explosion were from Azagbene community.”
“They wanted to vandalise an Agip pipeline by detonating dynamite. But something went wrong and they detonated it on themselves.’