March 16, 2023

The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described Thursday’s pipeline explosion in Ijegun area of the state as devastating.

The Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Abiodun Salami, made the statement while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

NAIJALOADED reports that a petroleum pipeline exploded in Ijegun in the early hours of the day, leading to loss of lives and property, while some people sustained injuries.

Speaking on the incident, the General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, said two burnt bodies had been recovered from the scene, and eight persons with severe burns rescued.

He said that no fewer than 30 vehicles were destroyed by the inferno, which occurred as a result of activities of pipeline vandals.

Salami said the incident was a very sad one, especially as lives were lost and property destroyed.

He commiserated with the victims’ families, the people of Ijegun and the state government over the incident.

Salami said that the pipeline explosion was becoming incessant in the area, and called on the relevant authorities to do the needful to avert a recurrence.

“As a party, we are sad about the pipeline explosion in Ijegun this morning, we are devastated.

“We are particularly pained because lives were lost to the accompanying inferno and so many vehicles were burnt.

“We commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives as well as the people of Ijegun and the state government.

“We also wish those who sustained burns in the incident speedy recovery, while praying for succour for those who lost their vehicles.

“Pipeline explosion is becoming rampant in Ijegun and we are calling on the relevant authorities to take the necessary measures to address the problem,”

He said.

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