Lagos, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 A prolife group, Community Peoples Action Against AIDs, (COPEAIDS FOUNDATION) has sent messages of condolence to families of victims of the pipeline explosion in Lagos
The incidence which led to the death of five people took place in Abule Egba, a Lagos suburb.
In a statement on Tuesday by its Executive Director, Mrs. Adeoye Feyisike, COPEAIDS FOUNDATION lamented the gory incidence calling on the Lagos State Government to work towards preventing a reoccurrence.
‘There should be immediate steps taken to avoid future occurrence. The Lagos State government should work with local communities to ensure steps are taken to assuage the trauma of the affected families’, the group said.
The fire broke out on Sunday evening after suspected hoodlums vandalised petroleum pipelines around the Abule Egba axis.
COPEAIDS FOUNDATION urged security agencies to ensure that those behind the unfortunate incident are brought to justice, saying the government should take pro-active measures to make sure the sad incident does not repeat itself. The group said local communities should be involved in the protection of oil pipelines in their domain adding that pipeline vandalisation as a life-threatening crime also mirror the level of desperation of younger people in their zeal to survive the excruciating economic realities.
She however added that poverty was not a justification for crime
Adeoye admonised the youth to desist from criminal acts such as pipeline vandalism and other sensitive installations across the State, noting that such activities were putting innocent lives at risk. She advised them to instead channel their energy to positive use.
She prayed for the souls of the victims and called on God to give the families the fortitude to bear the loss of their love ones. She also sympathised with those that lost property and other valuable items to the fire incident