In Lagos: Pipeline explosion in Abule Egba destroys many properties

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Many properties, including cars, were destroyed early today, December 19, due to fire outbreak from petroleum products pipeline within Abule Egba, Lagos. The fire was caused by pipeline vandals who came to the area to scoop petroleum products.

According to residents, many people scout for safety and some sustained various degree of injury. More so, the perpetrators were reported to have use containers to cover pipelines they use in scooping PMS to distract the attention of residents who only carry out their activities in the daytime. Each container is a six feet hole dung to drain PMS illegally into their trucks at night.

It will be recalled that a similar outbreak was reported in the area on December 26, 2006, which claimed many lives in Abule Egba.

Many vehicles at car lots and buildings were razed down during the inferno, many residents were seen wailing as some slept outside on mattresses.


The response of Government

The Lagos State Government has said it is set to destroy shanties in and around pipelines in Abule Egba area following this incident.

According to the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Civic Engagement, Mr Benjamin Olabinjo, the government will remove all shanties from that area to stop illegal activities of pipeline vandals.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has also called for calm among residents and assured residents that its team came in early with the help of the fire service who has done a good job.

Hon. Hammed Idowu, the Chairman of Ojokoro LCDA, also promised that the council will take appropriate action and send its report to the state government for prompt execution.

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