Pipeline explosion

Residents of Ijegun town, north of Lagos have foiled another pipeline vandalism just five days after a deadly pipeline fire that killed over a dozen people.

According to NAN, the residents rose to the occasion and foiled what would have been another deadly explosion on Tuesday after vandals attempted to open a pipeline at a market in the community.

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Concise News learnt that Ijegun has been having recurring pipeline vandalism since May 2008 in the Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.

The Divisional Police Officer at the Isheri Oshun Police Station, SP. Rafiu Akinlade confirmed the incident, said the policemen responded immediately they were alerted on the vandalism.

“As soon a call got to me from the community, I immediately sent out my team but on getting there, the vandals had abandoned their tools and fled.

“However, my men have collected all the tools and pipes they came with for their operation.

“Although we are yet to apprehend the vandal, an investigation is going on,” Akinlade said.

However, one of the residents, Victor Mbuba disclosed that the people became apprehensive when they heard screams, prompting scores of people to start removing their belongings.

“The smell was thick and this caused panic and fear of another explosion because the memory of the immediate past inferno was still shocking.’’