...Vandals Not Responsible, Says NEMA
A massive explosion that rocked Lagos on Sunday morning has led to the destruction of houses in different parts of the state.
Residents of Ijegun, Ikotun, Egbeda, Abule Ado, Okota, Isheri Olofin, FESTAC, Satellite Town said they were affected by the explosion.
“The roof of our building is off and a nearby school is on fire,” a FESTAC resident said over the phone.
The cause of the explosion is yet to be known but an official of the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA) said that a pipeline exploded around Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin local government area of the state.
The Federal Fire Service tweeted that its men were making efforts to get information on the incident.
“We are in touch with our men in Fire Stations around Badagry and Festac, we are trying to gather more information as regards the reported explosion in Lagos State, Nigeria. We are on it,” the service tweeted.
However, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the explosion which occurred at Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos State, was not caused by a disruption of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline.
Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, made the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Farinloye said that contrary to information earlier put out on the social media, the explosion which occurred at about 9 a.m. was unconnected to pipeline vandalism.
“From the information given by officials of the Lagos State Fire Service who are currently on ground, the implosion was not connected to pipeline but might have occurred in a factory located in the Abule Ado area.
“Emergency responders are on ground while others are still on their way to the scene. The situation is under control and we hope to get more information soon to ascertain its cause,” he said.
Farinloye said the NNPC had shut down the pipeline passing through the area as a precautionary measure after the oil company was notified of the incident.
He also confirmed that several buildings were affected by the explosion, which was heard several kilometers away in many parts of the state including Amuwo Odofin, Ijegun and Agege.