Barely 24 hours after 1st News reported that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) raised an urgent alarm of a vandalised pipeline; which belonged to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, in Lagos; the agency says the officials of the latter have repaired the leakage.
LASEMA’s Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed on Saturday that the agency monitored the officials of NNPC; who repaired the vandalised pipeline at Mosan, Ipaja, Lagos State.
Oke-Osanyintolu made this known in an interview with newsmen in Lagos.
According to him, as early as 8 a.m. we received an information about an uncontrolled leakage of petrol (Premium Motor Spirit); along NNPC Pipeline in Aboru off Kakatin Road, Ipaja, Lagos.
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He said that LASEMA deployed responders to the area and they discovered that the leakage emanated from a major NNPC pipe; which some vandals had tampered with through an illegal set up; designed to continuously divert and siphon fuel.
“The NNPC repair team had secured the pipe; and the leakage had been addressed.
“We urge well-meaning members of the public to report the unsavoury elements endangering lives and property; for selfish purposes to the appropriate authorities whenever they find out,’’ Oke-Osanyintolu said.
He promised not to disclose the identities of informants, saying that prompt action; would be taken to avert disaster as the agency and the NNPC did in this instance.
Oke-Osanyintolu, however, said that the combined team of LASEMA responders, Lagos State Fire Service; NNPC, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC); and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC); worked to secure the area.