Lagos — Hundreds of inhabitants of Ije-Ododo Community in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos have relocated from their respective houses for fear of being consumed by fire ignited by pipeline explosion in the area.
Some of the villagers, who came back early yesterday to see the extent of damage done by the fire, watch in disbelief as officials from both the Federal Fire Service and National Emergency Agency (NEMA) running round to see if they could access the scene of fire without success.
Daily Trust learnt that the explosion occurred at about 8pm on Monday when most of them were getting ready to go to bed.
One of the villagers, who identified himself as Abayomi Olusunkanmi, alleged that some vandals who were in military uniform stormed the area to scoop fuel into several jerry cans.
Though it could not be ascertained if anybody died in the fire, source alleged that some vandals were trapped in the murky waters of the swamp.
Another source, who identified himself as Tolu Ajakaiye, alleged that the vandals, majority of whom he claimed were uniform men, stormed the place to scoop fuel from the site of a vandalised pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
Tick black smoke made the area further difficult to access as some locals battled to get to the scene.
However some of those who moved out of the area when the fire started were seen hanging around the place.
The Public Relations Officer of NEMA, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, told Daily Trust that they were yet to get to the spot where the fire was, but officials were looking for an alternative route through FESTAC to get to the site.
Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and NNPC officials were also at the scene to see if they could help.