by Isi Esene
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Rivers State Sector Commander, Dr. Kayode Olagunju confirmed to newsmen that an oil vessel yesterday exploded at Abuloma waterfront in Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt.
He could not however confirm the number of casualties involved in the explosion.
An emergency services officer told reporters that they were concerned about the spread of the fire to other tankers in the jetty but he assured that the fire was restricted to the water area.
Also, the South-South Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Umesi Emenike, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the vessel carrying petroleum products caught fire at Abuloma jetty.
Emenike said, “Members of staff of NEMA are still at the Abuloma jetty on the outskirts of Port Harcourt city. Nobody has been able to board the vessel and we do not know of any casualty as we speak”.
Emenike said fire fighters had been battling to put out the flames.
According to SaharaReporters, the vessel is allegedly owned by Nestoil.
The cause of the explosion was however not known.
There seems to have been an increase in the frequency of fire incidents in Rivers State recently, or is it just us?