No fewer than five people have been confirmed dead in the Abule-Egba pipeline fire explosion which happened on Sunday night.
This was confirmed by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari, when he visited the scene of the explosion today.
According to him, “It’s unfortunate we lost 5 lives to this inferno, with many in critical condition in the hospitals,” Mele Kolo Kyari, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation boss, said during his visit to the scene of the explosion on Monday.
He attributed the explosion to what he described as the “unpatriotic acts of vandals” who make “insertions into the pipelines to steal products, leading to disasters such as this.”
Kyari called for the “support of every member of the community to expose the bad eggs in their midst.”
It was not immediately clear what, if any, impact the pipeline fire would have on the operations of the NNPC.
Sources said the fire broke out at Ile-Epo Bus Stop on Abeokuta Expressway, and that it spread to nearby Abule Egba before another explosion was heard in Fagba and Ekoro Road ;densely populated suburbs north of Lagos but several kilometres apart.
Recalled that in December 2006 similar explosion killed over 700 peopl in Abule Egba while another explosion also happened in December 2018 in the same area, but with lesser casualties.