There was panic around Igando-Ikotun axis of Lagos State over suspected pipeline vandalism in the early hours of Friday.
The incident occurred at Omoboriowo Street, Pipeline Bus Stop, in the area.
A large volume of Petrol has been gushing out of pipes on to the street.
Emergency responders have been swiftly mobilised to the area to prevent explosion. Director-General of the state emergency management agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a preliminary report confirmed that fuel is flowing heavily from the vandalised pipeline.
He said, “Upon arrival at the incident scene, it was observed a very large volume of PMS was gushing out of the NNPC pipeline at the aforementioned location.
“Further investigation revealed that the heavy flow of PMS was caused by suspected pipeline vandalism and bunkering in the early hours of today Friday 27th August, 2021.
“PMS is flowing heavily in the drainage channels connecting Omoboriowo Street, Old Garage Ikotun Junction, New Garage Ikotun Junction, Ikotun Market and Igando/Ikotun LCDA.”
Responders at the incident scene are LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Service, Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
“Three fire trucks are currently on ground, while the NNPC Maintenance team is working to stop the flow in order to commence repairs,” the DG said.
“Presently, there is no loss of life and property, serious sensitization, public education and awareness is ongoing in the entire community to avoid any form of open flame and burning in order to avoid any form of explosion or any other secondary incident as the entire area has become highly vulnerable.
According to him, operation is ongoing.