19 June 2014

Nigeria: NNPC Pipelines in Flames After Rupture By Vandals

Lagos — Suspected vandals have reportedly ruptured Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines at Takwa Bay area of Lagos State leading to an outbreak of fire on Wednesday morning.

This was disclosed by spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for South West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye.

According to him, though safety officials from the Federal Fire office, the police, NEMA officials and others were on ground, the inferno was still raging up to press time on Wednesday.

Farinloye said "it is pretty difficult at this stage to evaluate properties destroyed by the fire, as all the safety officials are pre-occupied for now with putting out the fire".

However, valves of the affected pipelines have been shut as to suffocate the raging inferno by officials of the NNPC, Farinloye added.

In a related development, the FEMA spokesman disclosed that the body of the victims of the boat mishap that occurred on Monday night in Lagos has been recovered and handed over to the families.

It would be recalled that the ill-fated boat reportedly with 10 passengers on board capsized on the fateful Monday.

The boat was said to be coming from Ibasa Inland Waterways in Lagos and on approaching Ojo/Tin Can axis was rocked by two bigger boats.

Some of the panicky passengers, out of fright rocked the boat, which led to all of the 10 passengers drowning.

But, nine of the passengers, who wore life jackets, were rescued alive, while one of them died later.

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