Nigeria: Villagers flee as Lagos pipeline fire rages

 
RESIDENTS of Ijeododo in Ijegun, Lagos have fled the community following a pipeline explosion and the inferno in the village, located in Ojo Local Government of the state.
 
Officials of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps at the scene of a pipeline inferno at Ijeododo in Ijegun, Lagos.
Officials of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps at the scene of a pipeline inferno at Ijeododo in Ijegun, Lagos.| credits: Olatunji Obasa
 
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation pipeline exploded on Monday night in the community.
 
As at 9.15pm on Tuesday, no casualty had been reported in the explosion said to have been caused by suspected pipeline vandals.
 
Our correspondent gathered the incident might worsen the fuel scarcity in the South-West as the pipeline transports petrol pumped from Atlas Cove.
 
The NNPC, it was learnt, had discontinued supply of petrol through the line following the explosion. The corporation pumps about 11 million litres of petrol per day through the pipeline.
 
News Agency of Nigeria reported that fire fighters arrived the scene four hours after the fire started but could not immediately access the area.
 
The spokesman of National Emergency Management Agency Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said, “We contacted the fire fighters though they could not get to the scene because of the nature of the area.
 
“We also contacted officials of the NNPC who have blocked all the outlets, which is why the fire is subsiding.”
 

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