Isheri-Olofin explosions: Residents send SOS to LASG, NNPC over pipeline vandals

Residents of Gloryland Community in Isheri- Olofin, Egbe- Idimu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos State on Wednesday called on the state government and management of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to save their lives and properties from pipeline vandals in the area, who through their unwholesome activities have caused two fire outbreaks in the area between last Saturday and now.

The area is currently on fire following a fresh explosion around 7.30 Wednesday morning due to activities of the said vandals, who the residents said had been terrorising the place unabated for more than two years now.

Speaking on behalf of the community, General Secretary of Gloryland CDA, Mr. Olarenwaju Jimoh, described the situation residents had found themselves as serious and life-threatening, recalling that the Saturday explosion which occurred before the latest one happened “around 7 pm and the fire burnt till Monday afternoon before the operatives of NNPC stopped it on Monday evening.”

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“Just this morning again around 7:30 am, we experienced another fresh explosion and the fire is still burning as we speak now,” Jimoh said, declaring that the residents of the Gloryland community no could longer sleep with their two eyes closed.

“Our children are not confident to return from schools because of the panicking situation in the Area,” he said, lamenting that the community had been experiencing this threat for over two years with the situation remaining exactly the same.

“The community has been experiencing this threat for over two years now and the situation has not changed and has become a serious threat to our lives now. Our lives and properties are under serious threat,” Jimoh said.

He, therefore, appealed to the Lagos State government and authorities of NNPC to provide a 24- hour surveillance security on the pipelines in the area in order to apprehend the vandals.

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