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The police have arrested four suspects for their alleged involvement in the NNPC pipeline explosion that destroyed over 100 houses and 50 vehicles at Abule Egba area of Lagos penultimate Tuesday.
Also, the prime suspect, one Prince Adedipo Dauda Ewenla, whom the police alleged to be the gang’s ring leader has been declared wanted.
Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Chike Oti, in a statement on Thursday said the command recorded a breakthrough in the investigation of the fire incident that occurred on December 19, 2018, at about 2am, at Abule-Egba and Agege areas of Lagos, in which at least, 100 houses,100 shops and 50 cars went up in flames, with the arrest of four suspected pipeline vandals.
Oti said during interrogation, the four suspects gave vivid account of how the fire that emanated from a vandalised petroleum pipe engulfed a fraction of Abule-Egba community and escalated to parts of Agege area, destroying properties worth millions of Naira.
According to him, the suspects also mentioned one Hon(Amb) 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 has fled to Ogun state in order to evade arrest.
“He is hereby advised to come out of hiding and report himself to the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja or to the nearest police station in the state to defend the allegation against him,” he added.
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