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5 Jul 2019

NEMA gives update on Lagos pipeline explosion

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed that the Ijegun pipeline fire has been successfully quenched with the assistance of specially-trained safety firemen after 17 hours of tedious services.

Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, South-West Coordinator of NEMA, gave the confirmation to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on phone on Thursday.

It was reported that a petroleum pipeline exploded at Ijegun in the early hours of the day, leading to loss of lives and property, while some people sustained injuries.

Reacting, Farinloye said that the fire was subsided with support from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) as well as the Lagos State and Federal Fire Services.

According to him, “We had sent the details that two died and taken to the mortuary, 12 injured, four were rescued and taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.”

He noted that eight persons with minor burns were taken to Gbagada Hospital.

He, however, disclosed that 31 vehicles were burnt by the fire.

“Officials of the NNPC Fire Safety Unit are still at the scene with other State and Federal Fire Services officials to ensure the inferno is put off totally.

“As we speak, the fire has been contained and not posing any threat to life or property,’’ Farinloye said.

According to him, it is the responsibility of every Nigerian to prevent criminality.

“If the people had played their civic responsibility of informing any arm of government about the nefarious activities of vandals in their areas, the incident wouldn’t have happened.

“We implore everyone to inform any government agency or personnel of any criminal activity,’’ Farinloye said

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