An explosion yesterday midnight occurred at the site of a vandalised NNPC pipeline at Ijedodo, near Ijegun on the outskirts of Lagos.
Witness told our correspondent that the pipeline exploded after being vandalised by oil thieves who went on to scoop fuel into hundreds of plastic jerry cans brought to the scene.
It could not be ascertained at the time of filing this report if anybody sustained injury or died in the inferno. Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South-West region, Ibrahim Farinloye, said rescue workers and fire fighters tried to get to the burst pipeline but were prevented by the swampy terrain
Meanwhile, the NNPC has shut oil flow to the pipeline and locked the supply valves. It is feared that the development could aggravate the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.
The NNPC said in a statement that the pipeline was vandalised late Monday, adding that fire fighters were still battling to put out the fire.