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Abule Egba explosion: Police arrest 4, declare prime suspect wanted

The Lagos State Police Command, on Thursday, said it had arrested four persons suspected to be involved in the NNPC pipeline vandalism at Abule-Egba, which resulted to fire outbreak.

The command’s spokesman, CSP Chike Oti, said that the prime suspect, now at large, had been declared wanted.

On Dec. 12, an NNPC pipeline was vandalised, causing fire outbreak in which over 100 houses and shops as well as over 50 vehicles were razed.

Several people also sustained various degrees of burns, but no life was lost.

Oti said that the four suspects gave vivid account of their involvement in the inferno.

According to him, the suspects explained that the fire emanated from a vandalised petroleum pipeline, which engulfed a section of Abule-Egba community and escalated to parts of Agege area, destroying properties worth millions of naira.

“They also mentioned one Prince Adedipo Dauda Ewenla as their ring leader.

“Based on this, the Command extended invitation to him at his last known address but found out that he had fled to Ogun State in order to evade arrest.

“He is hereby advised to come out of hiding and report himself to Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja or to the nearest police station in the state to defend the allegation against him,” Oti said.

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