The pipeline ruptured on Sunday
Armed police are to maintain a round-the-clock watch around a ruptured fuel pipeline at Ijegun Imore, Lagos, after officials were forced to suspend emergency operations due to the site’s swampy terrain.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said the pipeline, which was oozing “flood-like fuel,” ruptured on Saturday.
The agency did not give details of what caused the rupture but added that the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, will commence clean up exercise on Monday.
“Due to swampy nature of the area, we couldn’t access the ruptured pipeline, the operation has been suspended while swamp-machine will be moved in tomorrow morning in order to carry out the repair,” said Ibrahim Farinloye, South-West Spokesperson, NEMA.
“Supply sources and valves have been shut long time ago while policemen are to carry out 24/7 vigil on the area,” he added.
Community leaders in the area, it was gathered, prevented the scooping of fuel by residents before alerting NEMA and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
Mr. Farinloye said that the pipelines’ right of way in the community had been encroached upon.
“All sign posts indicating dangers have been removed by the landowners (thereby) posing risks to people especially adventurous children,” Mr. Farinloye said.