Lagos explosion claims 17 lives, destroys 70 buildings

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Sunday said 17 corpses, including a family of four, have been recovered from the scene of Sunday’s explosion which occurred at Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos State.

No fewer than 60 students of Bethlehem Girls College located within the area, who sustained various degrees of injury in the incident were also taken to the Nigerian Navy Hospital in Ojo Cantonment.

Acting Coordinator of NEMA in Lagos, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, told the News Agency of Nigeria that “a couple and their two sons were caught by the explosion on their way to church around about 9 a.m. on Sunday”.

Farinloye said over 70 buildings, including Bethlehem Girls College and a popular hotel, were damaged in the explosion.

He said, “The resulting fire later spread to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation oil pipeline passing through the area even though the pipeline had been shut down as a precautionary measure.

“The fire was eventually extinguished about 3.30 p.m. through the combined efforts of officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service, and Nigerian Navy Fire Tender.”

One of the victims of the incident, Mr Abayomi Abeyi, said his building was severely damaged while his wife sustained injuries from the explosion.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

x

Check Also

COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu makes vaccination card, PCR report compulsory for social events attendees

Lagos Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said presentation of COVID vaccination card or a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) report conducted within 72 hours will now be compulsory requirement for attendance of social