By Okunade Adekunle
The Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. ( Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, has expressed his commiseration with the victims of Abule – Ado gas and pipeline explosion that occurred on Sunday at Abule – Ado area of Amuwo – Odofin Local government area of the state.
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Obasa , in a statement released by his media team, said his heartfelt sympathy goes out to the people who lost their lives, valuables and property in the unfortunate incident.
The statement stated that, “I pray that God in His infinite mercy will grant you all the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of your loved ones and property” he said.
“We on our own part, as part of the government will do everything possible to avoid such a disaster and colossus loss of lives and property in future”, he added.
Obasa also uses the opportunity of the unfortunate incident to advise Lagosians to be safety conscious at all times by making sure that they avoid living close to dangerous areas such as petroleum pipelines and gas depots.
It would be recalled that an explosion at a gas processing plant on Sunday killed at least 15 people and destroyed about 50 buildings after a fire broke out in a suburb of Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, emergency services said.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the explosion was triggered after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant near the corporation’s pipeline in Abule Ado area of Lagos state.
The impact of the explosion led to the collapse of nearby houses, damaged NNPC’s pipeline and caused the corporation to halt pumping operations on the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline, the state-owned oil company said in a statement.
A total of 15 bodies were recovered, according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye. He added that around 50 buildings were also destroyed in the explosion which was followed by a fire.
The blast happened at around 8:00 am (0700 GMT) destroyed around 50 buildings in the residential district of Abule Ado. Plumes of smoke billowed into the air as people watched, while firefighters tried to quench the flames.