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BREAKING: Many Feared Dead, 30 Vehicles Burnt As Pipeline Explode In Lagos

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Many people are feared killed from an oil pipeline explosion that occurred in the early hours of Thursday in Ijegun, a suburb of Lagos.

As of the time of filling this report, men of the Lagos State Fire Service are currently battling  to put out the raging fire which was said to have started from the activities of suspected vandals.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, (LASEMA), confirmed the incident saying it occurred when security operatives intercepted the suspected vandals who were engaged in illegal siphoning of petroleum product from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) pipeline in the area.

LASEMA’s Chief Executive Officer, Femi Osanyintolu, said the suspected oil thieves had already loaded a 33,000 litre tanker and were on the verge of loading the second tanker of the same capacity when security agents showed up and in a bid to escape arrest, the suspects set a fire which was aided by the fuel that spilled in the drainage as a result of the vandalism.

Osanyintolu said, “The above incident occurred this morning 4 July 2019 at 5am.

“On arrival of LRT to the scene of the incident, it was gathered that some vandals were engaged in bunkering activities at Fire Junction, Ijegun within the vicinity where an NNPC pipeline was buried.

“The vandals had already siphoned petrol into a 33,000litre tanker. While a second tanker of the same capacity was being loaded, security agencies suddenly intercepted the vandals. While trying to escape from the security agencies, some of the siphoned fuel spilled into the drainage and the vandals were alleged to have set the spilled fuel on fire in a bid to deter the security agencies from apprehending them.

“The fire then spread back to the pipeline, the point where the vandals had siphoned the fuel and exploded with escalating fire which led to two fatalities and over 30 vehicles burnt. The actual loss will be determined upon conducting post disaster enumeration after the fire has been put out.

“Responders at the scene include: LASG fire service men, NSCDC, NPF and the Agency’s officials.”

 

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