NNPC Pipeline On Fire In Ijegun

Pipe line vandals have destroyed a pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which has resulted in an inferno at Ilado, a marshy area near Ijegun in Lagos state.

The vandals were said to have invaded the area in boats allegedly from Cotonou.

Our correspondent, Olu Philips who is at the scene reports that firemen have put out the blaze and NNPC engineers are fixing the pipeline.

More details soon.

Police Briefs President On NSCDC Murder

The Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba today (Friday) confirmed that  a comprehensive brief has been given to President Goodluck Jonathan on the alleged killing of two civil defense officials by policemen in Lagos state.

In what seemed to be a power show, policemen were said to have shot dead two Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps officers at the NNPC pipelines in Ikorodu, Lagos state on Wednesday.

Some Police operatives attached to the Ikorodu Division of the Lagos State Police Command engaged officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in a gun duel; leading to the death of Gabriel Adaji and Innocent Akegbe, who were part of the Anti-Pipeline Vandalism Squad.

Other NSCDC operatives were said to have escaped with varying degrees of injuries, including gunshot wounds.

Mr. Mba told journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday that the meeting with the president “was part of routine visits to discuss operational issues and also to present the facts of the murder from police perspective”.

He appealed to members of the public to stay calm and wait for details of investigations to be made public.

Arepo Inferno Update: Armed vandals disrupt fire-fighting operation

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.

Pipeline explosion at Arepo…fire rages for two days

A raging fire has been reported at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines located at Arepo along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

According to officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the fire started at about 10PM  Wednesday night following a gun battle between NNPC security men and some unidentified individuals suspected to be pipeline vandals.

An official of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, explained to Channels Television that the agency did not receive information regarding the incident until Thursday.

However, efforts by the NEMA officials to get to the scene of the incident to ascertain the extent of damage done has been hampered by the swampy nature of the area which has made access to the place difficult.

Mr Farinloye, however stated that the agency has been able to work-out the plan on how a canoe can reach the raging spot.

He also gave the assurance that officers of the fire service will on Friday be able to make their way through to quenching the raging fire.