Scores dead after a fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday in Ijegun area of Lagos state.
The fire erupted after some suspected hoodlums vandalised pipelines belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.
Although the details of the incident are still sketchy, our correspondent gathered that some of the hoodlums were caught up in the explosion and were feared dead.
According to report from eye wotnesses, the National Emergency Management Agency and the Lagos State Fire Service were said to have responded to the incident.
The spokesperson for NEMA, South West zone, Ibrahim Farinloye, in a release said the agency had alerted the NNPC management to the development.
“NEMA has also called on the safety unit of the corporation to immediately shut down further supplies through pipeline in order to suffocate the fire.
“It is noted that vandals are responsible for the incident and some of them are affected in the inferno.
“Security agencies have cordoned off the area to restrict access of undesirable elements. People should remain calm,” he added.