Two Dead As Explosion Rocks Isheri-Ijegun Pipeline….
Written by tobi adejare on July 4, 2019
The Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu says two people died and over 30 vehicles burnt in the early hours of this morning in Ijegun area of Lagos.
He said the actual loss will be determined upon conducting post disaster enumeration after the fire has been put out.
Dr. Oke-Osayintolu in a statement said it was gathered that some vandals were engaged in bunkering activities at Fire Junction, Ijegun within the vicinity where an NNPC pipeline was buried.
He said the vandals had already siphoned petrol into a 33,000litre tanker and second tanker of the same capacity was being loaded while security agencies suddenly intercepted the vandals.
Dr. Oke-Osayintolu said 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, saying the fire then spread back to the pipeline, the point where the vandals had siphoned the fuel and exploded with escalating fire.
He said responders at the scene include LASG fire service men, NSCDC, Nigeria Police Force and the Agency’s officials.
The Red Cross rescue team are also on ground to give first aid treatment to the injured.