The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has lamented the pipeline explosion in the Ijegun area of the state which claimed the lives of 10 residents.
Sanwo-Olu, who described the incident as unfortunate, said the state would cooperate with the Federal Government to strengthen security patrol of vulnerable areas to protect the lives of residents.
He spoke on Wednesday during a visit to survivors of the tragedy at the Trauma and Burns Unit of the Gbagada General Hospital.
A statement said the governor took time to go round the three wards where some of the victims were receiving treatment for varying degrees of injury.
“This kind of unfortunate incident must be a lesson for all of us. We cannot continue to witness loss of lives to this kind of preventable crimes. Those who are bent on making illegal wealth at the expense of other people’s lives should have a rethink,” he said in the statement.
Sanwo-Olu warned those engaging in pipeline vandalism to desist, saying the full wrath of the law would be brought against economic saboteurs.
On why he did not visit the site of the explosion, the governor said, “The issue of pipeline vandalism is a criminal issue being dealt with by the Federal Government. For us in the state, my deputy and I did not visit the site of the incident because we did not want to make a camera show at the scene.
“This is not because we don’t have empathy or we are not doing what is required of us; it is a crime scene and security operatives are at the site for investigation. We don’t want to disrupt that process.”