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Abule-Egba fire outbreak: Police arrest four,  declares one wanted

Joy Anyim

Four suspected pipeline vandals alleged to have been responsible for the fire outbreak at Abule-Egba and Agege areas of Lagos State have been arrested by the state’s Police Command.

The Command has also declared wanted the prime suspect and ring leader of the vandals identified as Hon. (Amb.) Prince Adedipo Dauda Ewenla.

Recall that the fire incident which occurred on December 29, 2018 had razed at least 100 houses, 100 shops and 50 cars.

Following the incident, the Lagos Police Commissioner,  CP Imohimi Edgar, had launched a manhunt for those responsible which has eventually paid off.

The Command’s spokesperson, CSP Choke Oti, who confirmed the arrest of the suspects in a press statement issued, on Thursday, said the arrested suspects mentioned Adedipo as their leader.

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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. They 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 Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, Ikeja  or to the nearest police station in the state to defend the allegation against him.”