Another Pipeline Disaster was averted in ikotun area of Lagos on Friday August 27th, 2021, after suspected act of vandalism by unknown Vandals, led to leakage from the Atlas Cove-Mosimi system pipeline channel.
The incident which created panic amongst residents in the area was confirmed by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, and the State Fire and Rescue Service.
According to the emergency rescue team, the heavy flow of Premium Motor Spirit was caused by suspected vandalism and bunkering in the early hours of the day.
The Director of the State Fire Rescue Service, Adeseye Margaret, said the PMS was gushing out from the pipeline and the contents had travelled through drainage systems to Igando/Idimu roads and some areas in Alimosho.
She explained in a statement that the vandalised pipeline has been repaired by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Maintenance Team and the entire area blanketed by the LASEMA Response Unit and the Lagos State Fire Service.
Meanwhile, all first responders are at the scene of the incident and other affected areas to avert any disaster.
Also, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has restricted movement in the affected areas.
Its Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office, Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed the development, appealed to Ikotun Market population not to open for businesses, due to the incident.
He also advised residents of Igando and Ikotun, affected by the spillage to desist from using any flammable lighter of whatever nature, to prevent explosion.
According to him, the ruptured pipeline has been repaired but its content has spread to other areas, through the drainage system.