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Pipeline vandalism: Fire-fighters extinguish fire

03 September 2012, 07:57

Arepo - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said on Sunday that fire-fighters had extinguished fire from eight of the nine points where NNPC pipeline was vandalised at Arepo, Ogun.

The NEMA Information Officer, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, however, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Arepo that  the biggest point of the fire was still burning as of the time of filing this report.

Farinloye said that the agency had redoubled efforts to extinguish the flame, following the deployment of more fire-fighters.

NAN recalls that the pipeline went up in flames when it was attacked by vandals on Wednesday evening.

NAN correspondent, who has been monitoring the situation, reports that the rescue teams which included fire-fighters, were denied entry into the creek to recover dead bodies and extinguish the raging inferno.

The attempt by the team was frustrated by sporadic shootings by the vandals.

It was gathered that they (vandals) feared that bodies of their dead members, if recovered, might give them up to security agents and subsequently lead to the arrest of others.

Farinloye said that his team had to assure the vandals that they were armless.

"We told them that we are not security agents but only working to safe children, women and others who use streams and other water bodies  in the area.

"We reminded them of the danger the bodies posed to the water and the environment, if allowed to decompose there.

"Convinced of NEMA assurance, they pledged to cooperate with us for the duration of the exercise.'' He said.

He said that the vandals agreed that only those who were on humanitarian mission for the recovery of the bodies and putting off the fire would be allowed into the creek.

According to him, they requested that NNPC private guards, journalists with camera and others would not be allowed into the scene or take any pictures from the area.

The information officer said that NEMA had trained the fire-fighters on how to evacuate decomposed bodies from the water front.

He said that the terrain was a difficult one but expressed optimism that the last point of the fire would be put out later today and that the agency would take the necessary measures to prevent any epidermic outbreak.



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