Lagos Pipeline Explosion: 2 Dead, Shops, Dozens Of Vehicles Burnt
Two people were reported killed while dozens over 30 vehicles were burnt in the explosion that rocked a pipeline in the Lagos area of Ijegun on Thursday.
The pipeline has been confirmed to belong to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC].
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the fire was ignited by suspected pipeline vandals.
A statement credited to the chief executive officer of LASEMA, Mr. Femi Oke-Osanyetolu, the vandals ignited the fire to prevent security operatives to launch pursuit against them.
According to Oke-Osanyetolu, the vandals siphoned Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) into a 33,000 litre tanker and were loading a second one when security operatives intercepted them.
To avoid being apprehended, the vandals spilled some of the contents and lit a fire.
“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 Lagos State Fire Service, Police and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC),” the LASEMA chief explained.
Our correspondent reports that there are already two unidentified bodies, as well as many vehicles and shops that have been razed by the raging fire.
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