Arepo Inferno Update: Armed vandals disrupt fire-fighting operation

Channels Television  
Updated September 1, 2012

Once again vandals today disrupted fire fighting operations at the NNPC pipeline at the Arepo village in Ogun state.

The vandals attack forced some of the officials to run into the creeks while others ran for safety.

After several hours of disruption, NNPC officials entered into negotiations with the vandals which resulted into the withdrawal of NNPC security operatives in the operations.
At about 1pm emergency managers could then freely proceed to the scene of the fire.

Meanwhile, the Ogun state commissioner of police has visited the site alongside his men to see to bringing calm into the environment so as to allow fire fighting operations go un-hindered.

NEMA officials who were able to gain access to the site of the incident said nine vandalized points were discovered on the pipelines.

According to officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the fire which started at about 10PM Wednesday night following a gun battle between NNPC security men and confirmed pipeline vandals is still raging and has not been put under control.

An official of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, expressed his fear to Channels Television on the escalation of the fire.

Efforts by the NEMA officials to get to the scene of the incident to put out the fire was bypassed after a boat was secured to ferry the NEMA officials through but due to the sporadic shooting by the vandals, the mission was cut short, according to Mr Farinloye.