Nigerian senators have expressed worry over the recent pipeline explosion in Ijegun, Lagos State.
The lawmakers tasked one of the Senate ad-hoc committees to investigate the incident.
The explosion which claimed many lives occurred on July 4 in Ijegun, Igando/Ikotun Local Council Development Area, Lagos State.
In a motion on Wednesday, Adeola Olamilekan (Lagos-APC) put the death toll at 12 while he said over 40 persons sustained burns.
He said the inferno led to the destruction of 30 vehicles while two secondary schools, namely Ijegun Junior and Senior Secondary School, 20 other buildings, as well as goods worth millions of naira, were destroyed.
The lawmaker blamed the incident on activities of oil thieves who vandalise pipelines to siphon petroleum products.
He said, “The Senate is worried that the pipeline explosion followed the pattern of a similar explosion at Abule- Egba, Ajeromi- Ifelodun in Lagos State on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, and elsewhere with similar huge losses;
“The Senate regrets that despite the reoccurrence of these explosions over the years from mostly the activities of vandals, no enduring solution has been found to prevent the ugly incidents;
“The Senate is further aware that in addition to official/general security for pipelines protection from vandalisation, the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC and Pipeline and Product Marketing Company, PPMC, in time past engaged local/ community vigilantes to monitor and help secure the pipelines.”
Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun-APC) described the vandals as highly trained professionals ”who require a careful strategy to overcome”.