Ijegun Inferno: Culprit Must Be Brought to Book – Buhari

  • President Buhari urged urges security agencies to ensure that those behind the unfortunate incident are brought to justice.
  • Those scooping fuel got burnt in the inferno.

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with families who lost their loved ones in an inferno in Ijegun, Lagos State, on Thursday.

Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and  Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Friday said the president condoles with people and government of Lagos over the fire disaster that claimed lives and property, urging security agencies to ensure that those behind the unfortunate incident are brought to justice.

“The President calls on all Nigerians to avoid tampering with pipelines and sensitive installations across the country, admonishing that such interferences put many lives at risk.

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“He prays that God will accept the soul of the departed and comfort their families.

It could be recalled that fire broke out in the area on Thursday after suspected hoodlums vandalised pipelines belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

It was gathered that some of the hoodlums were caught up in the explosion and were feared dead.

It was reported that the explosion woke the residents that have resulted in a high number of casualties.

This is happening just a year and 11 days ago when a similar incident happened in the are that left over a hundred dead.

Firefighters from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Lagos State Fire Service responded to the incident after aleting the NNPC management to the development.

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“NEMA has also called on the safety unit of the corporation to immediately shut down further supplies through pipeline in order to suffocate the fire.

“It is noted that vandals are responsible for the incident and some of them are affected in the inferno.

“Security agencies have cordoned off the area to restrict access of undesirable elements. People should remain calm,” NEMA, South West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye added.

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