Saraki laments Arepo pipeline fire, condemns vandals

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 26 July 2015 | 3,174 times

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Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has outright decried the unnecessary loss of human lives as witnessed in the petroleum pipeline fire incident at Arepo, Ogun State.

He said this yesterday, in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sanni Onagu, adding that he was shocked that over how over hundred Nigerians were roasted beyond recognition, due to activities of oil pipeline vandals.

“It is sad that people were today scooping fuel from a burst Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline, and there was no emergency response to rescue them,” he said.

Saraki also lamented the corpses of victims which could not be immediately evacuated by relevant security agencies as a result of the inaccessible terrain, saying: “The incident saddens me because I realise that these are Nigerians who have met their untimely deaths in such gruesome circumstances.”

He added: “I must say that the fire incident in that area was one too many at a time one would have thought that we have put issues of pipeline vandalism, blamed for the fire incident, behind us. It is also worrisome that security agencies and emergency rescue workers seemed helpless in immediately swinging into action to rescue the affected victims or curtailing the spread of the fire.”

Saraki urged Nigerians to be wary of scooping fuel from burst pipelines as they are veritable source of danger capable of causing unimaginable calamity to lives and colossal economic waste.

He assured that the Federal Government would continue to enjoy the support of the National Assembly in all its current efforts aimed at securing the lives and property of Nigerians.

“Pipeline vandalism is evil. Apart from it being a heinous economic crime, it often leads to waste of lives and property just like we have again witnessed. The activities of vandals today challenge our security agencies to up their game and prove once more that they are more than equal to criminal gangs who daily sabotage essential economic infrastructure, leading to unnecessary loss of lives, heightened insecurity and above all resource leakages.

“Nigerians living in security challenged areas must take the Arepo explosion as a call to national duty by partnering with the security agencies through timely intelligence so as to prevent recurrence of calamities of this very magnitude,” he said.

•Photo shows Saraki.






Source: News Express

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