22 August 2016, Lagos — The Nigerian Army and officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC have uncovered another illegal oil well in Lagos State.
This came barely two weeks after the police and other security agencies discovered about 10 houses on Ibadan and Abeokuta streets in Ilasamaja axis of the state, where wells were linked to oil pipelines through which diesel was syphoned.
It was gathered that the supposed dug well was discovered last Thursday within the premises of Winners Satellite Church, Iyana-Odo, Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area, LCDA, it was filled Petroleum Motor Spirit, PMS.
The resident pastor, Oladela Paul who narrated to NSCDC Lagos Commandant, Tajudeen Balogun, who led the operation, said that the church had sent a formal complaint to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC when they noticed the well was filled with PMS. He lamented, that months after writing the NNPC for a solution, the Church was yet to get any response from the Corporation, adding “well has become a source of harassment to the church and our members.
Aside the harassment, we are afraid of the impending hazard which we cannot determine.” Confirming the discovery, Balogun in a statement made available to vanguard by NSCDC Public Relation Officer, PRO, Kehinde Bada said, “the visit is to evaluate the extent of the spillage and take necessary actions.”
*Monsuru Olowoopejo – Vanguard