The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Monday said it was investigating with other relevant stakeholders, the NNPC pipeline explosion at Ile Epo, in Abule Egba axis of Lagos State.
The DPR, which is the regulator of the petroleum industry, made the announcement in a statement posted on its website.
Newsmen reports that five persons were confirmed dead while several vehicles and houses were destroyed after some suspected pipeline vandals disrupted the Atlas Cove-Mosimi Pipeline, part of the System 2B Pipeline.
The Director-General, LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu said that five fatalities, three adult males, one adult female and one female child aged five-year-old were recorded
A total of 20 people were treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene while 150
people including children were displaced.
Reacting, DPR in a statement, disclosed that a report on the agency’s inquest would be communicated when concluded.
The statement read: ”The Department wishes to commiserate with all who were affected by this unfortunate tragedy, which has been attributed to sabotage and vandalism by unscrupulous persons.
“In line with our regulatory oversight to the Nigerian oil and gas industry, as enshrined in the Petroleum Act Cap P10 LFN 2004, the DPR has commenced investigations with other relevant stakeholders into the incident.
“We assure the public that the safety of all Nigerians is of paramount concern in the discharge of our regulatory mandate for the oil and gas sector.”