…Begins 4-day fumigation of Soba-Abule-Ado explosion site***
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline along Ojukwu Street, Navy Town axis of Satellite Town in Lagos is leaking, generating new fears of another Abule Ado explosion.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed this on Thursday, however, gave the assurance that technicians from the NNPC have been alerted to the danger and were on top of the situation.
“We received an alert this evening and upon arrival, it was discovered that an NNPC pipeline along the axis at Ojukwu street, Navy Town was leaking.
“We contacted the NNPC who dispatched a repair team to the location.
“The agency and other first responders intend to remain on high alert until the repairs being carried out by NNPC are fully completed,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
The LASEMA boss, however, urged members of the public to proceed with extreme caution in and around the area to prevent any form of explosion or ignition from the naked flame or other activity.
Oke-Osanyintolu also pledged to provide an update to the public concerning the pipeline leakage.
In a related development, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has commenced a four-day fumigation exercise of Soba-Abule-Ado community which was rocked by explosion on March 15.
Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed this also said the exercise, which started on Thursday, would end on Sunday.
According to him, after the completion of the fumigation exercise, members of the public are advised to keep away from the affected area.
He said that 102 people were in relief camp out of a revised total of 588 people displaced from their homes following the explosion.
“A total of 340 buildings have been identified as affected by the impact of the explosion and will be subjected to series of tests.
“The test will be carried out by a joint public-private team led by the Materials Testing Agency, covering foundation and solid material testing.
“After the test, those that fail the tests will be leveled to ground zero.
“The testing exercise applies to the identified buildings as well as all those within a 500-meter radius from the epicentre.
“Scavengers are advised to keep away and residents who have prematurely commenced repair and reconstruction are directed to STOP WORK and wait for the results of the testing,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
He, however, appealed to members of the public to be calm and urged the public to keep off the scene and to be law-abiding.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that the agency’s help desk had been moved to the Igando relief camp and remained being manned by LASEMA personnel.