The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has confirmed that oil spillage occurred at Ejigbo area of Lagos State in the early hours of Saturday, saying two samples of the leakage had been taken for laboratory test to ascertain the true nature of the spill.
The spillage was discovered in a well belonging to one Mr. Adedanji Ogunba.
According to the company’s Ejigbo Depot Manager, Dr. Balogun Tola, who visited the site on Aminatu Ilo street Ejigbo, the corporation had taken adequate measures to detect the exact spot of the leakage.
He lamented that the civil defence organisation locked up the affected premises, making it impossible for the NNPC to take further samples.
Men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC had stormed the area and arrested suspects who they said dug their well to link the NNPC pipeline, enabling them to fetch fuel from their well. A pregnant woman was one of the suspects arrested by the NSCDC.
Lawyers of the suspects arrested were denied access to them. One of the lawyers however said a feud between the NSCDC and the police in the area may be why the NSCDC insisted on holding his innocent clients despite telling them the police could corroborate their story.
The Depot Manager explained that the landlord of the affected premises came to his office with a team of policemen from Ejigbo Police Station to report the incident.
He said the landlord reported that there were traces of the oil spillage in his well.
Mr. Ogunba said he first noticed the spillage on Saturday and immediately notified the Police.
Tola said officials of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Saturday stormed the affected street of the spillage and arrested a pregnant woman not sparing his household who knew nothing about the incident.
He noted that the arrested persons are said to be mainly occupants of the building where the fuel leak was detected.
However, it is being alleged that the landlord may have dug his borehole to the level of NNPC’s pipelines which run through a section of the Ejigbo community.
NNPC has a major depot at Ejigbo, which serves the South-West zone of the country, including Lagos.