Written by on March 16, 2020

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

Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Kennie Obateru, in a statement said 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.

He added that preliminary findings indicated that the impact of the explosion was huge that it led to the collapse of nearby houses and damaged some NNPC pipelines.

The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu says that at least seventeen bodies have been recovered, while twenty five casualties are being treated for injuries from the pipeline explosion that rocked Abule-Ado area of Lagos state yesterday.

Oke-Osanyintolu in a statement said the raging fire has displaced several residents who fled their abodes for fear of being caught up in the inferno.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, said that the explosion had nothing to do with terrorism or pipeline vandalism.

Odumosu said it was a human error and unsafe human activities that led to the explosion.

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