NEMA says it is hard to protect the swampy area

An unconfirmed number of people burned to death on Thursday night when fire broke out from a vandalised pipeline at Arepo village in Ogun.

Confirming the incident, Ibrahim Farinloye, the South West Zonal Public Relations Officer of NEMA, said that some dead bodies were sighted at the scene but the actual figure could not be confirmed. This, he said, is because of the swampy terrain of the area.

The fire was allegedly caused by suspected vandals who burst the pipelines on Thursday to siphon petroleum products.

Officials of the?Fire Service and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) were battling to put out the fire.

Farinloye, however, assured that more resources and equipment were being mobilised by a combined team of the agency and the Federal and Ogun State Fire Service.

Meanwhile, Kareem Olanrewaju, the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ogun, said that the NNPC had been contacted at Mosinmi Depot.

“It is not the first time that pipeline will explode?in that area. It is difficult to provide security in the place because it is a swampy area. The pipeline passed through the swamp, thus making it difficult for the rescue team to put out the fire,” Olanrewaju said.

It will be recalled that the NNPC recently announced that the country loses billions of Naira to vandals and bunkering activities.

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