The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its midstream operator, Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) have explained that the oil spill reported in the Ijegun area in Lagos was caused by pipeline vandals who hacked a product pipeline in the area.
In a statement released Tuesday, in Abuja on the oil spill, Acting Group General Manager Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim stated that the Ijegun area had always been very notorious for the activities of oil thieves who have over the years been nootorious for hacking into pipelines with the aim of stealing products.
“We wish to acknowledge oil spill from our pipeline at the Ijegun area in Lagos and to state that the unfortunate incident is a result of pipeline sabotage by people suspected to be oil thieves.
“Lately, we have been experiencing a rise in the incidents of pipeline vandalism on the Ijegun section of our pipeline and doing our best to fix them as soon as they are noticed. In this month alone, we have located and fixed 73 ruptured points on that Mosimi–Ijegun–Atlas Cove line,” the statement said.
Also speaking on the spill, PPMC spokesperson, Nasir Imodagbe, condemned the development, adding that vandalism was a criminal act that should be fought by all Nigerians.
He therefore called on members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement around pipelines to the law enforcement agencies.
“When incidents like this occur, they lead to disruption in the petroleum products supply system and cause hardship for the ordinary hardworking citizens.
“They have long-lasting devastating effects on the environment which could affect future generations,” Imodagbe said.
Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said the pipeline, which was oozing “flood-like fuel,” ruptured on Saturday.
The agency did not give details of what caused the rupture but added that the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) had commenced clean up exercise since Monday.
Community leaders in the area, it was gathered, prevented the scooping of fuel by residents before alerting NEMA and the NNPC.
According to Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the spokesman for NEMA, the pipelines’ right of way in the community had been encroached upon.
“All signposts indicating dangers have been removed by the landowners thereby posing risks to people especially adventurous children,” he said.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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