Lagos Pipeline explosion: Many injured in stampede

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Dec 18th, 2012
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Residents of Ijedodo community in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State have continued to flee the community in droves, following Monday night pipeline explosion that rocked the community.

They took the option of relocating from the community when they saw that the inferno that resulted from the explosion was still glowing and raging fiercely as of Tuesday afternoon.

The explosion was said to have been caused by activities of pipeline vandals who ruptured the facility.

Many residents of the community sustained varying degrees of injuries in the stampede that arose from the pandemonium that greeted the incident.

When the Nigerian Tribune visited the scene of the fire, helpless fire-fighters, whose remedial efforts were hampered by the inaccessibility  to the scene of the fire, were seen miles away from the burning pipelines.

Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune, residents of the community queried the motive behind the removal of the security guards manning the pipelines at Oke Agemo area of Ijedodo.

They heaped the blame on the authorities of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for the explosion, which they described as an annual ritual.

The contract for the security of the facility, it was learnt, was earlier given to the head of the community, Alhaji Tajudeen Suberu Ododo before the NNPC terminated it.

The Baale called on the NNPC to construct a make-shift bridge that will allow people access to the scene of the incident and also help in times of disaster as well as prevent vandals from operating in the area.

Meanwhile, fuel scarcity appears looming in the South-West region following the Ijedodo pipeline explosion.

NNPC spokesperson, Mr Fidel Pepple, who confirmed the explosion, said the corporation had shut down fuel flow to the stations linked to the pipeline.

It is recalled that a similar incident at Arepo suburb of Ogun State disrupted fuel distribution within the region, leading to acute fuel scarcity.

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