The police has started evacuating the contents of the illegal oil wells discovered in Lagos, South-western part of Nigeria.
The Operatives of Lagos state Police Command from Ilasamaja Division yesterday on a joint operation with staff of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation evacuated oil discovered in water wells from Ibadan and Abeokuta Street, Ilasamaja, Lagos.
The evacuation followed a series of investigation and inspection by the police, NNPC officials and the Sole administration of the Isolo local government Honourable Bimbo Osikoya, after the police received a tip off that some residents in the area who first discovered the oil had turned it into a money making venture.
In fact, in one of the compounds where the oil was discovered, it is said that the woman actually connected a pumping machine after she discovered oil in the well that was originally dug for water, according to Moji Delano’s blog.
Instead of reporting the situation to the authorities, she chose instead to ‘take advantage’ of the situation and monetize it without considering the possible dangers or health hazards involved.
Investigations are still on as to what could have led to wells that originally produced water to start giving out refined oil especially when there is no known NNPC or oil depot near by.