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NEMA confirms eight injured, two dead in Ijegun pipeline explosion
A fire broke out on a pipeline belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, along Ijegun axis of Igando-Ikotun local council development area of Lagos State on Wednesday allegedly caused by suspected pipeline vandals engaging in oil theft.
Firefighters from the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the Lagos State Fire Service were on ground to control the fire outbreak.
The immediate cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained officially until a post-disaster report is made available to the public.
Ibrahim Farinloye, South West spokesperson for National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, confirmed to The ICIR that the fire had been controlled but putting out the fire entirely might take longer.
” I can assure you that the fire has been put under control by several responders who turned up to ensure that their timely intervention salvaged the situation. Though, it will take a couple of days before the fire is entirely put out.
“Security agencies have also placed restrictions in the area to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of the situation to carry out criminal activities,” he said.
On the casualties from the fire, he stated that two persons were confirmed dead while eight others were injured during the fire incident.
“We have two persons confirmed dead so far, while eight others have sustained a varying degree of injuries that’s all I can say for now,” he said.
Two days ago, a petrol-laden tanker exploded at Ahumbe Village in Gwer East Local Government Area of the state after the tanker fell along the Aliade–Makurdi highway with several residents in the area feared dead.
Though there is no confirmed report on the number of casualties involved in the accident, several reports state that residents in the area were scooping fuel after the tanker accident before the explosion occurred.