In the wake of the recent pipeline explosion that rocked the Ijegun area of Lagos on July 4, the traditional ruler of the community, Oba Nureini Olomitutu, has lamented the re-occurrence of fire incidents plaguing the area.
The Oniijegun of Ijegun said this during a visit by the Sen. Ibrahim Gobir led Senate Ad-hoc Committee on Pipeline Vandalism on Friday, July 12.
The incident, which was reportedly caused by pipeline vandals, has so far left at least 12 persons dead and property worth millions destroyed.
”We are tired of disasters. We don’t want to be known for this kind of thing anymore.
“We want the government and the NNPC to provide more security here to check these criminals,” the Oniijegun said.
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Reacting, Sen. Gobir described the pipeline explosion as “unfortunate”, stating that the committee has resolved to remedy the issue of pipeline vandalism once and for all.
”Our main purpose here is to investigate the cause of this problem and find a lasting solution to pipeline vandalism, not only in Ijegun, but across the federation.
”Our concern is to put a stop to these destruction wherever it would occur; after this visit, solution will be proffered.
”But we have to be vigilant ourselves. We have to make sure we are our brother’s keeper.
“We have to find out who is trying to vandalise pipelines and report to security agencies.
”It is very unfortunate that this kind of incident happened because of vandalization of pipelines.
“We will carry out our work thoroughly to put an end to this kind of tragedy,” Gobir said.
He called for synergy between the committee and the community, advising residents to be on high alert and never hesitate to tip off the relevant authorities once any suspicious activity was noticed in the area.