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SDP Consoles with victims of Abule-Egba pipeline explosion — Accident — Nigeria


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The Lagos state chapter Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Hon. Femi Olaniyi (Ferrari) on Monday, January 20, 2020, commiserated with victims of the pipeline explosion at Ekoro Road, Ile-Epo, Abule -Egba area of the state.

As earlier reported, the pipelines belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Sunday, January 19, exploded after suspected vandals allegedly ruptured the pipeline in a bid to scoop fuel.

Reacting to the incident which led to loss of lives and properties, Olaniyi expressed his sympathy with those affected, calling on the Lagos state government to as a matter of urgency proffer sustainable and lasting solutions to such man-made incident so as not to occur again.

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While heaping praises on men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) for quickly swinging into action to curtail the incident, Olaniyi enjoins ‘Lagosians’ to join hands with the state governor, Sanwo-Olu in order to ensure that man-made incidents in the state are avoided.

The chairman’s statement read, “My thoughts and prayers are with the families and businesses affected in the unfortunate incident at Abule Egba. We are thankful for the brave members of LASEMA and our fire service that swung into action working all night to reduce the impact”.

As at the time filling this report, It was not immediately clear what, if any, impact the pipeline fire would have on the operations of the NNPC.

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Reports said the fire broke out at Ile-Epo Bus Stop along Abeokuta Expressway, spreading instantly to nearby Abule Egba before another explosion was heard in Fagba and Ekoro Road — all densely populated suburbs north of Lagos but several kilometres apart.

A similar explosion from incident killed over 700 people in December 2006 in Abule Egba. Another explosion occurred in December 2018 in the same neighbourhood, but with fewer casualties.

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