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Two people have been confirmed dead in the pipeline fire that occurred in the Ijegun area of Lagos in the early hours of Thursday.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, said the incident occurred when security operatives intercepted some suspected pipeline vandals who were engaged in illegal siphoning of petroleum product from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, pipeline in the area.

LASEMA's Chief Executive Officer, Femi Osanyintolu, who spoke to reporters at the scene of the incident said the suspected oil thieves had already loaded a 33,000 litre tanker and were on the verge of loading the second tanker of the same capacity when security agents showed up and in a bid to escape arrest, the suspects set a fire which was aided by the fuel that spilled in the drainage as a result of the vandalism.

Some residents of the area are calling on the authorities to take a more drastic action to check the activities of vandals whom they said are constantly giving them sleepless night in the community with their activities.

Apart from the deaths recorded, eight people were injured in the incident in which about thirty vehicles were also burnt.

The fire was still raging as at the time of this report despite the efforts of men of the Lagos State Fire Service in battling it.
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