On the 20th of February 2013 the Environmental Rights Action (hereafter ERA), namely Friends of the Earth Nigeria, was alerted about the likelihood of an explosion in Ijegun, a community in Ikotun Local Government Area, in Lagos State. The community spokesman, Mr. Oluseni Soewu who raised the alarm, revealed that a section of the ground floor of the building his family resides (which was also gutted in the explosion during the pipeline rupture) gave way on the morning of February 18thand immediately after, the strong smell of petrol could be perceived in the environment, thus necessitating a warning to occupants of the building to avoid anything that could ignite a fire. Community people residing in other buildings also complained that the smell of petrol emanating from the earth around their premises since the pipeline rupture five years ago had worsened in recent time. The Ijegun community had already suffered a devastating pipeline rupture on May 15, 2008. The Nigerian Red Cross reports that at least a hundred people died by the explosion . It occurred when a bulldozer belonging to Hitech (a company contracted by the Lagos government to dualise the Ijegun-Isolo-Jakande Estate road) unknowingly ruptured a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (hereafter NNPC) pipeline which runs across the community to other parts of the state. Before the incident of 2008, the shallow depth of the pipeline had been a cause of worry to the locals who had written to the NNPC some weeks before to do something about it so as to forestall ruptures. Unfortunately, the corporation neither acknowledged receipt of the letter nor bothered to reply. On the day of the incident, it took the combined effort of men of the fire service and volunteers to put out the fires which had incinerated over 40 locals, mostly school pupils of a nearby school, destroyed 15 homes, 20 vehicles and other property running into millions of naira . Subsequently the NNPC claimed it had carried out repair of the pipeline and remediated the environment. The community people have continued to counter this claim, saying the corporation only did a shoddy job since their environment still emitted the noxious odor of petroleum products. When ERA visited the community, one thing was certain in the environment of the buildings visited: everywhere the strong smell of petroleum hung thick in the air. In December 2010, another pipeline explosion occurred in Idu, only a few kilometers away from Ijegun. At least ten people were feared killed . And once again, on January 14th2014, another NNPC pipeline ruptured, in the community of Ijegun-Imore, a community in Satellite town, less than 20 kilometers south from Ijegun. On Thursday January 30, 2014, ERA field monitors visited the Ijegun-Imore community (in the Ojo Local Government Area), following reports that a pipeline belonging to NNPC had ruptured, spewing refined products into the community creek and killing thousands of fish. In the course of the field trip, ERA field monitors learnt that the spill impacted groundwater, including boreholes and had forced households numbering about 1,000 to resort to patronizing water vendors. It was gathered that though the major rupture occurred on January 26th, for upwards of a month before the incident community folks had observed strong odor of petroleum products in the vicinity and noticed refined petroleum products oozing from the soil around the spill site. Community folks narrated that the landlords’ association of Ijegun-Imore which comprised about 1,000 home-owners had actually written several letters to the NNPC complaining of the strong odor of refined petroleum products and their fears of a possible explosion. The letters were ignored and the NNPC did not send any team to inspect the site. The people from the Ijegun community and its surroundings are continuously suffering from pipeline’s explosion and/or ruptures and spills. These accidents happen to be caused by acts of vandalism, they are not only due to the old and un-adapted infrastructure or caused by operational mistakes such as it was the case of the explosion of 2008 . By the end of February 2019, the inhabitants of Ijegun were photographed scooping oil from a broken pipeline .