Chukwudi Anaemechi, a father of five, has lamented the loss of his means of livelihood in the pipeline explosion that rocked Ijegun, a community in the Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area of Lagos.
A distraught Anaemechi told Newsbreak that his friend had sent him the bus, which was consumed by the inferno, from the Netherlands. He also said he had just taken a N140,000 loan to replace the engine.
“Immediately, I ran out of the house with the towel I was tying. I initially thought I don’t have any business at Ijegun since I stay at Estate Junction before I remembered I packed my bus at Ijegun.
“When I ran down, I found out my bus had burned down. You can see this engine, I just bought it yesterday because my bus was having engine problems. I wanted to fix it this morning so it can start working. I borrowed N140,000 to buy this engine.
“My friend sent the bus to me from Holland. When he came back last year, I told him I wasn’t doing anything here in Nigeria,” he said.
He explained that bus was only seven months old before the incident, saying he got it on hire purchase. He pleaded with the government to come to his aid.
The fire, which started from a vandalised pipeline on Thursday, burnt 30 vehicles and killed two people. Residents said the vandals had dressed in police and military uniforms. They were loading the second tanker before the explosion occurred.