Succour is beginning to come to victims of the petrol fire circumstance at Abule Egba area of Lagos State. 

Majority of them were asleep when the petrol thieves came and took them by surprise.

Petrol thieves had come to their area in the early hours of Wednesday to steal petrol from a pipeline and left without closing the source they siphoned petrol from properly.

There a spill and on every path that the petrol flowed it wrecked havoc after it found fire.

Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, an Action Democratic Party (ADP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, had promised the people he would assist them and on Saturday, he returned to make good his promise. 

Gbadamosi, a real estate developer also referred to as “BOG”, handed over relief materials, including food stuff and other items to leaders of the victims for distribution. 

Abule Egba fire victims get relief material

After handing over the gifts, he stressed the need for the government to reconsider approval for petroleum pipeline routes surveillance across Nigeria.

The ADP candidate also urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to work in tandem with the government to ensure that best hands were given such contracts.

He said that this would forestall continued vandalism and ensure adequate protection of the pipelines.

The Nigerian government had in 2015, directed the ex-militants led by Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), Mujaheedin Asari-Dokubo and Chief Bipobiri Ajube, to take over surveillance of the Nigerian waterways and oil pipelines.

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Also, the late Dr Frederick Fasheun, Founder of the Oodua Peoples Congress, and Aare Gani Adams, were also beneficiaries of the surveillance when it was taken over from the police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on March 16, 2015.

Abule Egba fire victims get relief material

Gbadamosi, however, said that all the existing surveillance contracts of pipelines must be reviewed and new ones considered to ensure adequate protection of the nation’s pipelines and forestall future re-occurrence.

“In 2006, almost 300 people lost their lives in a pipeline explosion in the Abule Egba area and its environs.

“This is in addition to other pipelines explosions in Lagos and Ogun where lives and property were lost, not to mention the huge revenue loss to the country," he added.

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