More than 50 houses destroyed in Lagos explosion as NEMA debunks pipeline vandalism as cause

More than 50 houses destroyed in Lagos explosion as NEMA debunks pipeline vandalism as cause

The acting coordinator of the Lagos territorial office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye says over 50 buildings were de

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The acting coordinator of the Lagos territorial office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye says over 50 buildings were destroyed in the explosion that rocked Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos on Sunday morning.

He said the cause of the incident and casualty figure were currently unknown as rescue operations are still going on in the affected area while also debunking that the explosion was caused by pipeline vandalism.

“From the information given by officials of the Lagos State Fire Service who are currently on ground, the implosion is not connected to pipeline but might have occurred in a factory located in the Abule Ado area. The resulting fire from the explosion, later spread to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline passing through the area but the pipeline had been shut down as a precautionary measure,” he said.

According to him, a combined team of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and the Nigerian Navy Fire Tender are currently battling to put out the inferno.