10 houses shut, 12 illegal oil wells uncovered in Lagos

Diesel oil being drawn from one of the illegal oil wells.

Diesel oil being drawn from one of the illegal oil wells.

At least 10 houses have been shut at Ilasamaja area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria as 12 illegal diesel oil wells have been uncovered in the houses where massive bunkering activities were being carried out.

Officials of the police, led by the Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni; Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA and others were at the scene on Friday evening and sealed off the houses while residents have fled to avoid arrest.

General Manager, LASEMA, Michael Akindele said the agency received a distress call via the 767 toll-free line on Friday about diesel theft around Ibadan and Abeokuta Street, Ilasamaja area of Lagos.

Oil fetched in a bale

Oil fetched in a bale

“Investigation by the Emergency Rescue Team, ERT of LASEMA at the scene of the incident revealed that over 10 houses were said to have diesel in their wells.

“Further probing into the incident revealed that it is a case of bunkering as eyewitness gave reports of trucks coming in at night to load diesel. However, the source of the diesel is still unknown. There was no loss of lives; the area has been assessed to be a site of potential disaster. There was swift and prompt action by the agency and its stakeholders.

Also present at the scene were officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps Anti-vandal unit, police officers, officials of the Isolo Local Council Development Area, LCDA.

According to Akindele, the affected area had been cordoned off, while occupants of the affected houses were asked to vacate immediately to avoid any disaster.

He said the Lagos State Government would soon come out with further action to be taken on the matter, while commending Lagosians for given out the information …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper