When Lagosians woke up to the news of a devastating fire outbreak in Abule-Egba on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, everyone agreed this had to stop.

The Commissioner of Police moved swiftly to inspect the level of destruction and to confirm the claims that it was caused by pipeline vandals.

He was angry at what he saw and wondered how the residents of Isopako Awori, Abulegba area of Lagos allowed such illegality.

The fire emanated from an NNPC Pipeline that was deliberately ruptured by vandals in their bid to siphon Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from the broken pipe.

The consequence was a huge ball of fire that consumed about 100 houses and 77 vehicles worth several millions of Naira.

Based on the development, operatives of the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Ikeja, were detailed to investigate the incident and ensure the arrest of those behind the crime.

The operatives mobilized to the scene, picked up some pieces of evidence for analysis which led to the arrest of one Rasak Oyakunle at a.k.a Akeregun.

During interrogation, he confessed committing the crime.

He further revealed that he owns an electric generator repairing workshop situated right on the spot where the ruptured pipeline was laid.

He said that the location of the workshop on the petroleum pipeline was to enable them siphon fuel undetected.

His partners in the business currently in our custody are Abdulazeez Agbola a.k.a Biggy, Akin Ayansola a.k.a Babalati, Kazeem a.k.a Aladija and Saheed Isiola a.k.a Obama.

Also arrested was one Adedipe Dauda Ewenla, 40 years who was on police wanted list as a result of the incident.

The gang has been in the business of stealing petroleum product for many years until they met their waterloo on 18/12/2018.

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