LASG shuts 12 residential buildings as Police uncover illegal oil well

Illegal oil well 2

…Stations Fire Tanker, Prepares Temporary Accommodation For Victims
…As Lagos CP Confirms Arrest of Three Suspects

Lagos State Government on Friday shut 12 houses in Abeokuta and Ibadan Streets at Ilasamaja in Isolo Local Government Area following the discovery of oil wells, allegedly built by some landlords.

Illegal oil well 1The landlords allegedly built the well to illegally scoop diesel from pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

They weresaid to be selling same to members of the public, while some of the landlords use pumping machine to perpetrate the crime on a large scale.

Mr Steve Ayorinde, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, who confirmed this at a media briefing in Lagos, said government shut the houses to forestall loss of lives and property due to looming danger.

Ayorinde said a combined team from the state Police Command, the Ministry of Environment, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Lagos State Fire Service and Sole Administrator of Isolo Local Council Development Area carried out a thorough inspection of the entire area and discovered 12 houses with the illegal oil wells.

Illegal oil wellThe commissioner said that initial investigation revealed that a few of the landlords where the wells are located were taking advantage of the situation by commercialising the dangerous act.

He said that samples of the substance have been taken for immediate investigation in order to determine the true nature of the substance and the cause of this usually occurrence.

He said the State Government was collaborating with the NNPC on the investigation.

Ayorinde said that for the safety of residents, especially on Abeokuta and Ibadan Streets, the affected well have been sealed off.

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“The Lagos State Government wishes to remind Lagosians and the residents of these areas in particular, to assist the police with useful information and to urge them to always volunteer information before any potentially dangerous situation degenerates to public hazard,” he said.

Also speaking the Commissioner of Police confirmed the arrest of three suspects in the operation.

He added that a fire tanker has been stationed in the event of any fire incident.

“Policeemen on routine patrol said they saw a woman around 12 midnight with keg of diesel and when she was challenged, she fled, a development which alerted the police of something fishy.

“The police immediately arrested the and she led the patrol team to number 12, Abeokuta Street, off Ilasamaja, one of the houses with the illegal oil wells.

“Upon getting to the said house, those inside shut the door and prevented the police from gaining entrance.

“The officers thereafter left the scene with the suspect, and they later came back disguising as potential buyers of diesel, while those inside opened the door.

“It was at that point that the illegal oil well was discovered at the house, after which about ten more wells were discovered in other houses in Abeokuta and Ibadan streets,” Owoseni narrated.

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