Angered by the loss of properties as a result of the fire explosion that occurred in Abule Egba environment, inhabitants of that location is now urging federal government and Lagos state government to probe the pipe-line explosion alleging that Police officers and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, personnel were aiding the vandals.
Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved residents to urban express news correspondent, Mr Bamidele Olusanwo, a resident said: “I know that NSCDC officials often mount roadblock at Charity Social Club Road, but daily as they do this they have never arrested the vandals.
he claimed that landlords were also aiding the vandals because, according to him, some residents that have alerted their landlords of the shenanigans where nothing had been done.
But they were asked to remain mute. I want to urge the governments to probe the act.”
Meanwhile the governorship candidate of the opposition party, the People's Democratic Party in Lagos, Mr Jimi Agbaje has commiserated with victims of the pipeline explosion while at the same expressed sadness over the early morning explosion.
In a statement made available to urban express news online through its Director of media, Mr Felix oboagwina said it was regretful that the area had become prone to fire disaster resulting from the activities of pipeline vandals who had turned stealing of petroleum products into a thriving business
The statement reads in part; that people’s Democratic Party flagbearer lamented the loss of property but express gratitude to God that fortunately, no life was lost in this heartbreaking fire incident”
The governorship hopeful urge Lagos state emergency plans to ensure the accommodation and rehabilitation of those who lost personal property and dwellings to fire incidents, which residents blamed on the activities of vandals, illegal syphoning petroleum products from the pipeline running through the community.
“Security agents needed to be on top of their game to apprehend pipeline vandals and curb the activities of petroleum thieves”
Agbaje recalled that such incidents had occurred in the community in 2006 after earlier incidents, adding that the Lagos state government and the Nigerian national petroleum corporation (NNPC) must evolve a permanent solution to the incidence of pipeline vandalism and explosion, the statement read!