Specifically, on January 6 there was gas leaking from the ruptured pipe. Paramount Ruler of Oduoha Chief Ferdinand Ogbuehi said the explosion caused panic and forced many residents to flee.
The pipeline, that passes through the community to a terminal in Bonny, is either owned by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) or the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC).
Chief Ferdinand Ogbuehi added that the vibration of the explosion sent many people on the area packing and fleeing. He commented that "we have not seen this type of thing before. We want the government to come and see what is happening."
In addition, following the explosion, Community Development Committee Chairman Sir Napoleon Ewule noted that the community had contacted the two companies whose facilities were on the line. He said the firms promised to visit the scene to ascertain whose facilities caused the explosion.
Concluding, the Chairman urges the Nigerian government to visit the area and determine what happened and what were the causes that led to the explosion.