By Ike Uchechukwu
CALABAR—The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, yesterday, said it will set up a board of inquiry to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the fire outbreak that occurred at Linc Oil and Gas depot on July 16 in Calabar, Cross River State.
The Director of DPR, Mr. Mordecai Ladan, disclosed this when he led some management staff of the agency to assess the extent of damage caused by the explosion.
Ladan said that the visit was to inspect the scene of the accident and to get first hand information from the depot management.
His words: “From what we have seen on ground, we suspect that the fire outbreak may have been caused by illegal activities of some workers, who are fond of perpetrating such acts. The DPR will set up an inquest into the whole situation. Thereafter, a much deeper investigation will be carried out to unravel the true cause of the explosion.
“It is very unfortunate because lives were lost. We wish to commiserate with the families of those that lost their loved ones in the explosion. The fire outbreak happened around 4 a.m. How were people able to gain access to the place at that time? We suspect that some people were doing something very illegal at that odd hour,” he said.
He attributed the explosion to the negligence of workers at the depot.
He said that the DPR will work with relevant agencies in the oil sector to ensure that explosion of such magnitude never occurred again.