ABULE ADO UPDATE: At Least 17 Dead as Gas Pipeline Explodes

In News 2020-03-15 22:27:56ABULE ADO UPDATE: At Least 17 Dead as Gas Pipeline Explodes

Amara Christa

A husband, his wife and two sons are among at least 17 persons who are dead as a result of the explosion at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos.

Principal of Bethlehem High School Abule, Rev. Sr Henrietta Alokha and some of her students are also among the casualties who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

The incident occurred at about 9 am on Sunday morning.

What caused the Inferno?

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says that a gas explosion caused the blast which rocked Abule Ado area of Lagos State.

In a statement by the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru, on Sunday, NNPC says the blast occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B pipeline right of way.

Correspondent Emetekefe Akpovwovwo captures a glimpse of the damage following explosion at #abuleado, Amuwo Odofin axis in Lagos.#festac261:01 PM – Mar 15, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy20 people are talking about this

But the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) insists “the causes are yet to be determined.” In a statement signed by its DG/CEO, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, LASEMA says “security agents are investigating the cause of the explosion.”

Earlier, Oke-Osanyintolu told correspondent Emetekefe Akpovwovwo, that people should not “panic” as the agency was “on top of the situation. “
 

“Right now I will appeal to our people to remain calm,” the LASEMA boss said.

Extent of Damage

Correspondent Kingsley Ndubuokwu reports that several dead persons were carried away from the scene to the nearby Nigerian Navy Hospital.

Also, Nigeria Info can report that several buildings have either collapsed or are in bad shape after the explosion. Several cars were either burnt or destroyed by debris following the explosion.

 Nursing Mother and Students Trapped

An eyewitness told correspondent Emetekefe Akpovwovwo that one of the affected persons is a woman who has just given birth.

Ekenobi Uche was in church when she heard the explosion. She says her brother’s house is part of the buildings affected.

“My brother’s house collapsed,” she told Nigeria Info. “We were in the church when it happened. At first, we thought it was a tanker explosion. Then we ran out of the church to see.

Buildings destroyed, many injured as explosion rocks Lagos.

“A woman that just gave birth was in the house. They can’t hear her voice. She is not picking her calls…”

Read the account of several eyewitnesses after explosion at #abuleado #festac.

“A woman that just gave birth was in the house. They can’t hear her voice. She is not picking her calls,” she recounts the moments when the explosion took place

A boarding school was one of the buildings affected.

Olivia Isasele is one of the students of Bethlehem College. She recounts

“We were celebrating Mass. We just saw smoke and we stopped and everybody ran outside,” Olivia said.

“We started running and some men came to help us jump the fence. I was injured as something fell on me,” she concluded.

Eyewitnesses told Nigeria Info correspondents that some of the affected students as well as residents in other buildings have been taken to nearby hospitals.

“Immediately the explosion occurred, the chapel collapsed,” an eyewitness told Nigeria Info.

“Students were inside the chapel. Some were trapped underground. With the help of some people, we were able to rescue some people,” she said.

President Buhari Commiserates

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with families of injured and dead victims of Sunday’s explosion.

In a condolence message signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, President Buhari expressed his heartfelt sympathy to the Lagos State government

Garba Shehu@GarShehu · 12hReplying to @GarShehu

The President condoles with
the Lagos State government and all residents affected by the unfortunate incident, which left many injured and destroyed property.

Garba Shehu@GarShehu

President Buhari said:

“I have received with sadness the news of this unfortunate incident which caused loss of lives and property.466:41 PM – Mar 15, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacy20 people are talking about this

“I have received with sadness the news of this unfortunate incident which caused loss of lives and property,” President Buhari said.

“A misfortune of whatever scale anywhere is a tragedy to the country, and while the NNPC makes efforts to determine the cause of the incident, I send my deepest and profound sympathises to the victims, their families, government and people of Lagos State.”

In a related development, Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised residents to maintain a safe distance from the scene of the explosion to avoid breathing polluted air.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, the governor noted that in a situation like this, there would be a lot of unhealthy substances that can affect people’s lungs.

The Governor instructed the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to immediately release and distribute personal safety equipment to affected residents of the area and all safety workers at the ground zero.

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