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Apapa Explosions: Lagos depot operators beef up security

Folawiyo3Kunle Kalejaye 01 July 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Sequel to last Wednesday car bomb attack at Folawiyo depot in Lagos, fuel depot operators in Lagos State have beefed up security in their facilities, Sweetcrude Reports has learnt.
Sweetcrude ‎Reports also gathered that some fuel depots owners may employ the services of Counter Terrorist Unit, CTU and Anti-Bomb Squared to conduct proper search of tanker trucks, cars and persons going in and out of their fuel depot premises.
Other security measures to be taken by fuel depot operators as gathered bySweetcrude Reports include installations of CCTV cameras to existing ones inside and outside the facilities‎, deployment of more security personnel among others.
One fuel depot operator in Apapa  told Sweetcrude Reports in confidence that the deployment of CTU and Anti-Bomb square to fuel depot facilities in Lagos is a must do for all operators.
He said tank farm owners would not mind the cost to hire the services of these security operatives due to the presence of suicide bombers in the state which is the commercial nerve of the country.
“Nobody knows who will be next that is why all proactive measures need to taken by all fuel depot owners because when one fuel depot explode there is going to be a ripple effects.
“For instance, when one fuel depot in Apapa is attacked, the explosion will not end in Apapa, it will spread to other fuel depots in Ibafon, West minister, beach land and even Kirikiri.
“The lose will be massive because both commercial and residential buildings will be affected‎ and the carnage can not be quantified,” he said.
When Sweetcrude Reports visited some of the fuel depots in Ibafon, beachland and Kirikiri, the level of security measures put in place was minimal due to the traffic grid lock caused by fuel tankers and articulated vehicle along Oshodi Apapa express way.
Further findings by Sweetcrude Reports revealed that some tank farm owners are still in doubt whether last week explosion was a calculated and deliberate attempt to attack fuel depots or it was a mere accidental tanker explosion.
Meanwhile normal business activities have resumed along Creek Road where the car bomb explosion took place while security men where stationed along the road and individual company premises when Sweetcrude Reports visited the scene today.
It was notice that the wreckage of the exploded Toyota Sienna was till left in the middle of the busy Creek Road in Apapa while the Enterprise Bank which was the most affected building placed a notice on the gate to inform it’s customers that they have relocated to 20 Wharf Road.
On the part of the Lagos Police force, it was garthered that movements have been restricted in areas like Ikeja, Alausa , Victoria Island among other areas.


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