There was a fire outbreak in “Ubeta Town in Ahoada West Local Government Area” of Rivers State, this outbreak occurred on the night of December 20, 2019.
According to WONDER PLANET correspondent, the fire outbreak started at approximately 10 pm last night (20th December 2019) and lasted throughout the night up to this morning, it was rumored this morning that over 30 people died and 20 were wounded, however as our reporters made a visit to the community, they discovered that nobody was really affected by the incident.
Although, an approach was made to the indigence who eventually refused to say the exact cause of the fire outbreak, although some claimed it was caused by an accident due to a welding done near a pipeline, others claimed they did not know.
Wonder Planet correspondents decided to call the Towns Traditional leader whom is known by the people as the Eze Nwe-ula of Upeta Town (name withheld) nevertheless, their efforts brought no fruits as the Chief was said to have intentionally ran away in an effort to hide the truth from coming out to the public.
Conversely, our reporters found a source whose name is equally withheld for security purpose, he made important remark on the incident, in his own words he said: this is not the first time it happened as this has occurred before, but the fire was not this much, even those from Ahoada town saw the smoke then, then last night it happened again”.
He further confessed to Wonder Planet that the fire was caused by oil bunkering which was cultivated by their own youths.
“Some of the youths of the town are the ones going to burst pipeline to steal oil, and if you go to our forest and ponds you will notice that there are no more fishes and crops are dying because the entire bush and farms specially our ponds are filled with oil. He added.
“last night when the fire started, it almost ran into the village but every attempt to quench it was failed, so the youths directed the fire into the bush, there it burnt almost their entire bush, even now as I am talking, you can see smokes, although the fire has been stopped by the fire fighters of Ahoada Town” he further added.
This fire, according to our sources, was caused by oil bunkers who wanted to steal crude oil from the pipelines, and according to the information we have at our disposal, this isn’t the first time the fire outbreak is happening, but it has been kept secret for long, although the oil company still compensated the family whose lands was damaged with the sum of 300,000 naira.
It is equally added that, the entire forests can no longer be used for farms as the entire forests including their ponds are filled with crude oils.
More Details will come soon.
Compiled by Knight Fredel
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