Lagos Abule Ado Explosion Update: Rescue Efforts Continue, As Many Innocent People Remain Trapped In Collapsed Buildings

Emerging reports indicate that more people remain trapped in buildings, as rescue efforts continue for victims of the explosion that rocked Eroko Road, Abule Egba area of Lagos State, on Sunday morning.

So far, about 15 bodies have been recovered, including a family of four, who was headed to Church, before they were caught up in the inferno.

The family comprised of a father, mother, and their two sons.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, on Sunday, stated that a number of Students of Brethren Girls College and their Principal, who were observing the morning mass, died, but many others were rescued alive.

The explosion caused panic among Lagos residents, after it shook many houses in Ijegun, Festac town, and other communities outside Amuwo Odofin.

Some Students of a Boarding School, in Abule Ado, were also trapped in their dormitory, as a result of the explosion.

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, later revealed that the explosion which occurred at Abule Ado, in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, was not caused by a disruption of an oil pipeline.

Ibrahim Farinloye, the Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office of the Agency, made the clarification in an interview, in Lagos.

Farinloye said that contrary to the information on some social media platforms, the explosion which occurred around 9am, is not connected to pipeline vandalism.

His words: “From the information given by Officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, who are currently on the ground, the explosion is 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.”

Farinloye added that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, shut down the pipeline passing through the area, after the explosion.

He also confirmed that several buildings were affected by the explosion, which was heard several kilometres from the scene.

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