Five people were recently arrested by the State Police Command in connection to the most recent explosion in the Abule-Egba area of Lagos State that damaged more than 100 houses and 77 cars. In a statement made on Tuesday by the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal, told the newsroom that as a result of observation and critical analysis of evidence picked from the explosion scene led to the arrest of five suspects who are directly involved in the pipeline explosion.
Aftermath of the pipeline explosion at Abule-Egba, Lagos
Though there was no casualty, but the explosion claims more than 77 cars
According to report from News Agency of Nigeria on the NNPC fire explosion which involved more than 100 houses and 77 cars recorded no casualty. One of the suspects arrested in connection to the explosion was Rasak Oyekunle, who owns an electrical workshop very close to where the pipeline explosion happened. After much interrogation by the police, he confessed having hand in the explosion due to his membership to a notorious gang responsible for that horrible explosion. In a further statement released by the Commissioner of Police confirmed that Rasak situated his shop as a strategy to avoid public suspicion and steal NNPC oil products.
Five people have already been arrested in connection to this massive explosion
The event that led to fire outbreak occurred on December 13, 2018 at Isopako Awori, Abule-Egba in Lagos, was caused by the rupture in the NNPC pipeline due to Vandalisation in a bid to steal Premium Motor spirit from the broken distributing pipe. The operation was unsuccessful which consequentially led to a massive explosion that consumed more than 100 houses and 77 vehicles.
As a result of the confession made by the first arrested suspect, Rasak led to arrest of four other suspects, which includes a 40-year-old man who has been on the police wanted list for long. The gang has been involved in such criminal practice until last Wednesday.
Pipeline explosion at Abule-Egba (Credit: Naijatoptv)
The case is still under investigation as we speak, and when concluded, the culprits involved in the explosion will be made to face the wrath of law.