Another petroleum pipeline explodes in Ogun

No casualty was recorded from the fire.

A pipeline explosion occurred on Sunday in Ishasi Town, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Kareem Olanrewaju, who confirmed the incident, said it was caused by vandals.

He said the explosion occurred at an area the NSCDC had noted was prone to vandalism.

Mr. Olanrewaju said no life was lost to the explosion or the resultant fire. He said the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was contacted immediately after the explosion. The corporation immediately shut down the line to reduce the volume of wastage of gasoline, he said.

The spokesperson said it took time to put out the fire because the fire fighters, who responded promptly, could not access the scene due to non-availability of functional canoes.

“The Corps hereby calls on users of River Ogun, especially fishermen and villages along Isashi, to abstain from its consumption for now; and (they) should not display naked fire to avoid fire outbreak or casualty,” Mr. Olanrewaju said.

There have been several cases of pipeline explosion in different parts of Ogun State, many of which was caused by vandals, leading to death of dozens of people. Some suspected pipeline vandals are currently being prosecuted by security agencies.

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