Hoodlums Storm Lagos NNPC Depot, Kill 4 People
An explosion at the Petroleum Wharf, Apapa, Lagos State, on Monday led to the death of four people.
Tragedy occurred after hoodlums stormed a vessel, identified as Histria Ivory, around 3am while it was discharging Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), leading to the explosion.
According to Punch, the fire lasted for about one hour, despite the best efforts of officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, men of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Navy who arrived at the scene.
“The fire incident started around 3am at the Petroleum Wharf, Apapa, which is one of the three jetties in Apapa. It lasted for about one hour. The people who were scooping fuel were trying to open one of the manifolds through which the depots receive fuel from vessels when the fire occurred. Four people died in the process,” a top oil official said.
In a statement Monday, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the fire was caused by hoodlums who interrupted the discharge of fuel.
“The NNPC has deployed a team of engineers in the jetty, while the repair of the affected parts will commence immediately,” read the statement, signed by the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu.
“The fire was caused by the activities of hoodlums who were scooping fuel spilled from ships discharging fuel at the jetty.
“NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr Maikanti Baru, who has been fully briefed on the incident, described the occurrence as unfortunate, assuring the public that the NNPC has more than 1.6bn litres of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise called petrol, enough to last for 48 days.”
The oil company assured that the incident would not affect the supply of PMS in the country.