Naija News learned that the explosion which was by some oil pipelines vandalised by hoodlums, saw residents of the community flee from their houses in the early hours.
IJEGUN on 🔥 🔥 🔥…. please help contact rescue teams pic.twitter.com/VcQKI8E6Qi
— Wunmy adeleye (@Wunmysho) July 4, 2019
An eyewitness and a resident of the community, Adeola Adekoya said: “Everywhere is on fire. We’re all outside with our properties. We can’t go to work because the fire is huge.”
Adekoya called for emergency responders to mobilise their men to Ijegun.
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This online news platform reports that there is still contemplation on the main cause of the inferno along Ijegun axis of Satellite town as firefighters from the terminal arrived a few minutes ago at the scene, trying to extinguish the fire.
Oil pipeline explodes in Ijegun, satellite town this morning. pic.twitter.com/kcyCdJEyWY
— Millionaire BusinessMan 🇨🇦 (@tboss_guy) July 4, 2019
Naija News understands Satellite Town is a community and state housing estate located along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway in Amuwo-Odofin local government area of Lagos State, southwest Nigeria.
It was gathered that the affected community has about 12 tank farms operating in it, some of which are A.A. RANO, Emadeb Energy, Wosbab, Chipet Nig. Ltd., Star Oil and Gas, and Bond Global Energy Ltd.
Ijegun, Lagos State is currently on fire due to pipeline vandalism.
I urge everyone living around that vicinity to move to neighboring town for their safety.
— Akorede J. Ayanbisi (@theBussmarn) July 4, 2019
“Others are Mao Petroleum Company, Stallionaire Nig. Ltd., First Deep Water, Menj Oil, and Ocean Pride Oil.
It was learned that all the tank farms did not have a fire-fighting boat in case of fire in their depots.
— Osinowo Ayodeji (@Bobbylano) July 4, 2019
Meanwhile, the explosion is coming after Ibassa Ijegun-Egba Youth Association in the Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State had pleaded with the state government to remove tank farms from the community, due to incessant fire incidents at the tank farms.
Naija News reports that the Ibassa Ijegun-Egba Youth Association made this call following the fire incident that razed an oil tank farm belonging to Stallionaire Oil at Ijegun, Satellite town, Lagos State.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, the fire that gutted Ijegun community was yet to be extinguished.