Lagos Gas Pipeline Explosion Claims Lives, Destroys Property Worth Billions of Naira

Uploaded by on March 15, 2020


Destruction of great magnitude, including damage of hundreds of houses and loss of many lives has occurred following a major explosion around the NNPC gas pipeline in Abule Ado area of Lagos.

Among the buildings affected are storey houses, shopping plazas and two schools, one of them a boarding secondary school belonging to the Catholic Church.

The incident led to a great panic in neighboring and distant communities like Ojo Barracks, Festac town, Badagry, Ejigbo, Surulere and Okota, where the impact of the explosion was felt.

The Lagos State Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Mr. Ayinla Adeyinka confirmed that the Reverend Father celebrating Mass for students of the Catholic school affected by the explosion , was among the dead.

He said the priest died right on the pulpit while celebrating mass for the students, some of who may have lost their lives but yet to be identified.

Our team of correspondents at the scene confirmed that many were trapped in the rumble, while care givers including officials of the Red Cross Society, stabilized others who suffered different degrees of injuries as well as those who fainted .

Director – General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke – Osanyintolu said the fire had been contained to a greater extent with collaborative efforts of NEMA, Nigerian Navy, the Federal and State Fire Services among others.

He said the state government had directed the agency to do detailed investigation into the cause of the fire and make its findings public.

Abiola PETERS


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