Saturday, November 08, 2014

Many Feared Dead As Fire Guts NNPC Pipeline In Lagos

Scores of  suspected pipeline vandals were on Thursday feared killed in a massive inferno that gutted a petroleum pipeline belonging to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, at Ijedodo area of Lagos State.

It was gathered that some suspected pipeline vandals, had besieged the pipeline around 6pm and  were said to be  scooping  petroleum product  into jerry cans.
It was learnt that an argument ensued among the vandals as they were scooping the PMS, while one of them ignited the fire that caused a massive explosion that set the entire area on fire.

Residents of Ijedodo and Abulado areas who witnessed the massive inferno called on the authorities to expedite actions and put out the fire.
Meanwhile, the number of casualties could not be confirmed but  South West spokesman for National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA,  Ibrahim Farinloye,  in a text massage confirmed the explosion.

Farinloye, who did not disclose the number of casualties  said: "There was pipeline explosion at Ijeododo on thursday evening.  Vandals were suspected to have broken the pipeline, scooping the product and in the process the pipeline exploded."

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