The Lagos State Government said on Saturday that it has ordered an investigation of a viral video on social media platforms showing kegs of petrol being shared as souvenirs at an event centre in Lagos.
The action at the event which has elicited varying reactions from Lagosians, is coming at a time when petrol has become a very precious commodity owing to the current fuel scarcity being experienced by Nigerians across the country.
This disclosure is contained in a statement issued by the Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, who confirmed that the state government was looking into the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate action.
He made this disclosure in a signed statement, titled: “Lagos to probe patrol souvenir at party,” copy of which was made available to newsmen, saying there was no doubt that such action was dangerous and could lead to loss of lives and property.
Omotoso, who said the attention of the state government was drawn to the said video which had gone viral on social media, further described the action, which took place at a social function with a Fuji artistes on display as blatantly against all safety measures in such places.
“The attention of the Lagos State government has been drawn to a video showing kegs of petrol being handed out as souvenirs at an Event Centre in Lagos. The video has gone viral on social media.
“There is no doubt that this action is dangerous and can lead to loss of lives and property. It is blatantly against all safety measures in such places,” he said.
“The Lagos State government, through the Safety Commission, is investigating this matter and will ensure that all parties to this reprehensible action are made to account for it,” he added.
The commissioner asserted that safety of lives and property of Lagosians and visitors remained a top priority to the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration, urging all residents to avoid actions that can lead to loss of lives and property in the state.
“The safety of lives and property of Lagosians and visitors remain a top priority to the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration. We, therefore, advise that actions that can lead to loss of lives and property be avoided,” Omotoso counselled.