A cross-section of Nigerians has blamed the Lagos government over the explosion of a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline at the Ile Epo axis (near Abule Egba), Alimosho Government Area of Lagos State.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday said that two bodies had been recovered from the explosion site.
The raging fire caused panic among the residents of Abule Egba, Ile Epo, and Ekoro Road thanks to the thick smoke which oozed out from the explosion scene.
Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, Farinloye said that several buildings and articulated vehicles were engulfed within the inferno which happened on Sunday night.
He, however, said the explanation for the explosion is yet to be ascertained, adding that emergency responders immediately swung into action after receiving distress calls from some residents of the area.
However, some Nigerians took to their social media pages divided over who responsible for the explosion.
While some blamed the govt, others chided Nigerians who vandalize pipelines endangering the lives of others.
Comments gathered by Garmablog from Twitter;
@Nielo_2wit “Abule Egba is currently ablaze because some lazy greedy fools decided to travel bust pipeline for private benefits. We’re our problem during this country.”
@SavvyRinu “You are blaming the government! Is it Buhari/Sanwo-Olu that asked idiots to go vandalize the Pipeline causing the inferno in Abule Egba? The change begins with us! Some unscrupulous people will wake and just plan to endanger the lives/businesses of the many for selfish gains.”
@Blacqcoal “This has been happening there for long yet the govt hasn’t done anything about it. Lives and properties wasted.”
@Marvin_gmartins “I’ve stayed at Abule Egba, do you know how many times the govt has sent military men to return seal off shops and houses on the pipeline? As soon as they leave these guys erect even a much bigger structure. this is often on us, not the government.”
@LutherAmadi “Are you taking note of urself? So why can we have a government if they can’t enforce the law? So we are our government now. So we should all die because people are greedy?
@Adorablegod “It is the government’s fault they never created the enabling environment for youth, no jobs, companies are leaving Nigeria people are losing jobs, the economy is bad.”