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Police arrests four over Abule-Egba petroleum pipeline fire


A man surveys charred vehicles following a fire caused by a pipeline explosion in Lagos, on December 20, 2018. – Dozens of houses,shops, vehicles were burnt and several families rendered homeless as a result of fire caused by an explosion from a pipeline vandalised by thieves trying to siphon oil from the broken oil pipeline in Lagos. (Photo by SEGUN OGUNFEYITIMI / AFP)

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested four suspected pipeline vandals in connection with the inferno that occurred at Abule Egba last Wednesday.

The fire outbreak, caused by explosion from a vandalized pipeline, destroyed at least 100 houses, 100 shops and 50 cars.

According to police spokesman, Chike Oti, said “During interrogation, the four suspects gave a vivid account of how the fire that emanated from a vandalised petroleum pipe engulfed a fraction of Abule-Egba community and escalated to parts of Agege area, destroying properties worth millions of Naira.”

“They also mentioned one Hon(Amb) Prince Adedipo Dauda Ewenla as their ringleader.”

“Based on this, the Command extended an invitation to him at his last known address but found out that he has fled to Ogun state in order to evade arrest.

“He is hereby advised to come out of hiding and report himself to Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, “Ikeja or to the nearest police station in the state to defend the allegation against him.

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