Two people have been killed and no fewer than 30 cars burnt in a fire outbreak in Ijegun, a community in Igando-Ikotun local council development area of Lagos State.
The fire was said to have erupted in the wee hours of Thursday after some individuals involved in oil bunkering finished scooping fuel from a vandalised pipeline in the area.
It is understood that the alleged oil thieves had on uniforms similar to those of the police and army so residents could not challenge them.
According to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the vandals had loaded a 33,000-litre capacity truck with premium motor spirit (PMS) and were loading a second one when security operatives intercepted them.
“While trying to escape from the security agencies, some of the siphoned fuel spilt into the drainage and the vandals were alleged to have set the spilt fuel on fire in a bid to deter the security agencies from apprehending them. The fire then spread back to the pipeline, the point where the vandals had siphoned the fuel and exploded with escalating fire which led to 2 fatalities and over 30 vehicles burnt.”
Operatives of the Lagos state fire service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Police Force and LASEMA are at the scene, trying to put out the fire.