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Ajao Estate Gas Explosion: Shops destroyed, no casualties

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Several persons have been injured following a gas explosion in Ajao Estate, Lagos.

The incident occurred at about 6:58 pm barely 24 hours after a gas leakage incident at the Palm Groove Estate.

The Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service Agency disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

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According to the Ag. Head, Mrs. Margaret Adeseye, the explosion was a result of de-caning of an accytelene gas by one of the victim vendors in an L-shaped row of 27 shops.

Six shops were severely damaged and 21 others were partially affected at Inuwa Muhammed Street, adjoining Gbolahan Primary School on 7 Ashafa Afariogun Street, of the Ajao Estate.

While the statement made no mention of any deaths, it stated that five persons were rescued, of which two had sustained injuries.

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“Isolo Fire Station was swiftly mobilized to salvage the situation, and on arrival recovered three adults, two females and a male while two adult males with various degree of injuries were rescued alive and have since been taken to the hospital,” it said.

“The Fire, which emanated from the explosion, severely burnt two cars, a Toyota Camry and Kia saloon cars with registration number LSR 825 FA and EPE 212 CA respectively, a Tri-cycle and some shops”.

According to the statement, the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, LASEMA, LASAMBUS, SHEMU, LASTMA, Red Cross and the Police from Ajao Estate Division collaborated in salvaging the situation from getting out of hand.

It also noted that further investigation would be conducted to avert future reoccurrence.


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[Nigeria] 7 dead as explosion hit NNPC

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Seven persons have died after an explosion at the ‘Oil Mining Lease 40’ operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division (NNPC), Kennie Obateru confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday.

According to him, the incident happened on Tuesday evening at Gbetiokun in Delta State where the facility belonging to its subsidiary is located.

“The incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused 7 fatalities,” the statement explained.

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Obateru said the NNPC has started an investigation into the cause of the incident and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has been informed about it.

“The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers: Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, which are consultants to NPDC,” he added.

He said all personnel on board the platform have been fully accounted.

According to him, the NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, also commiserated with the families of the bereaved and prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.


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Over 100 injured – Several Dead in China truck explosion

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A tanker truck exploded on a highway in southeastern China on Saturday, killing 18 people and injuring at least 189 others, authorities said.

The explosion caused extensive damage to nearby buildings. One photo showed firefighters hosing down a row of buildings with blown-out facades well into the night.

The truck carrying liquefied gas exploded around 4:45pm on the Shenyang-Haikou Expressway south of Shanghai in Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing local authorities.

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A second explosion followed when the truck fell onto a factory workshop, Xinhua said.

The Wenling city government information office said on its social media account that houses and workshops collapsed and 189 people were treated at six hospitals.

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A worker at a nearby restaurant told Xinhua that the blast shattered the windows of her home, but that her mother and brother were unharmed.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, media said.

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The government commission responsible for safety production called for the investigation be completed within a certain time, state media reported, without specifying the period.

The report said the commission called for traffic police to step up law enforcement focusing on vehicles such as those carrying dangerous chemicals.


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[Nigeria] Benin City suffer grievous explosion.


There was confusion at Dumez Street, off Benin-Auchi Road, Eyean, following an early morning explosion that rocked the area.

It was gathered that the explosion occurred at No 4, Dumez Street while its devastating impacts were visible on about six houses in the area.


When our correspondent visited the scene, the operatives of the Nigeria Police were already on ground to ascertain the cause of the explosion.

One of the landlords, Pastor David Iginua, whose house was affected by the explosion, said he heard a very loud blast that early morning of Friday and he decided to go out to find out what it was all about.


He said to his bewilderment, he saw the glasses of the windows of his building all shattered on the floor.

“I am Pastor David Iginua and my house is on 42, Arete Street, off Benin-Auchi road, Eyaen, which is just behind where the explosion took place.


“As I sat there, all of a sudden, I heard a terrific sound. I looked, ran inside, I didn’t see what happened.

“But later I had to come outside to see what happened.


“So I started looking for where the sound came from but just to discover that a heavy smoke was coming out from one man’s compound.

“From the rumours we are hearing, the man used to manufacture bombs.


“And it is like he tested it inside his well. Assuming he brought it out, it would have finished the community.

“The way this house shook, everybody came out to say how their houses shook,” he said.


Another landlord who lives on No 3, Dumez Street, just a building from where the explosion took place, said the explosion shook the very foundation of his storey building while broken glasses from the windows were visible everywhere.

Another resident of the area who did not want his name in print said the community before now, had been very peaceful, adding that the man who live in the premises where the explosion took place had been handed over to the police.


“I am one of the persons living in this area. It was around 9am yesterday Good Friday; we heard a very loud explosion – bomb.

“So we decided to rush to the scene and getting there, we saw smoke coming out from the well.


“So, in that compound, there is a well. So, we then asked the boy we met there what the problem was. He said he didn’t know.

“Upon all the investigation carried out by the people of the community, we were only able to see that six houses were affected including his.


“So when we moved round, we saw that the glasses of the windows were shattered.

“We have informed the Aduwawa police station and they came, inspected the place and took away what they wanted and arrested the boy and as we speak, the boy is still with the police at the police station.


“This very morning, the anti-bomb squad also came including Wabaizighan. The area is calm as far as we are concerned.

“No life was lost in the process and we have not experienced such a thing in this area before. This place is very peaceful”, he said.

When contacted, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Lawan Jimeta, said investigation into the incident was on.

‎Recall that at the height of the political tension in the state the residence of a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Francis Inegbeneki in Benin City, was attacked with substances believed to be explosives; the chambers of former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Hon. Henry Idahagbon was attacked by suspected gunmen, just as the residence of the state secretary of the party, Lawrence Okah, was also attacked with explosives.


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Akure Explosion: No Casualty – Info Governor.


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has disclosed that no individual was killed in the explosion that occurred in the early hours of Saturday, March 28th, at Ilu-Abo in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.

He, however, confirmed that some individuals sustained injuries as a result of the explosion and are already recuperating in the hospital.


The explosion which damaged buildings within a wide blast radius is said to be as a result of a consignment of dynamites being conveyed in a truck travelling from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to its destination at a mining quarry in Auchi, Edo State. The devices had exploded in Akure on Saturday, causing a deep crater and sparking commotion in the area.

The victims of the explosion were admitted at the University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital, Akure where they are said to be recuperating.


Governor Akeredolu, during a visit to the hospital yesterday, promised that the state government will pay the medical bill of the victims.

He thanked God that the explosion was not fatal and that no life was lost to the incident.

He said six of the victims admitted at the hospital had already been discharged, while 11 others were still receiving treatment.

He prayed for the speedy recovery of all the victims.


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Akure Explosion: 13 persons hospitalised.


At least 13 persons have been rushed to the hospital after a deadly explosion hit Akure, Ondo State, on Saturday morning.

The impact of the explosion destroyed houses and tore major roads apart.


A truck carrying explosive items to a quarry was said to have triggered the blast.

Residents of the affected area are currently in disarray over the incident.

Government officials have visited the area and are currently ascertaining the level of damage.


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Lagos Explosion: People still shock it wasn’t Bomb.


Lekan Olaoluwa, 29, was in church when the blast happened. He thought it was a missile attack. The roof caved in, glass windows shattered, injuring people around him. The rest hurried out, trying to understand what had happened. “We were still doing Sunday School, the service had not fully started,” he said. On getting home, Olaoluwa met a bald building – the roof had been torn off.

On Sunday, March 15, thousands of Lagosians reported they had heard an earth-shattering explosion around 9 am. The explosion’s ground zero was Abule-Ado, a community that sits beside the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, a 350-hectare shopping facility along the Lagos-Badagry expressway. Surrounding communities include Festac Town, a federal housing estate which derives its name from FESTAC ‘77, the month-long event that showcased African music and fine arts to more than 16,000 visitors from across the globe in 1977.

According to more than 20 eyewitnesses who spoke to Channels Television for this story, the explosion was followed by a raging inferno that licked up houses with alacrity. One eyewitness said firemen were on site about 30 minutes after the fire started, but there were not enough trucks of water to curtail the ongoing destruction. According to Joseph Orji, the eyewitness, it was like bringing an umbrella to repel a hurricane.

On Sunday, rescue services recovered at least 17 bodies from the explosion site, according to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu. The operation, coordinated by several government agencies and the Red Cross, continued on Monday. As at the time of filing this report, three more bodies had been recovered. Many others had been rushed to the hospital. One three-year-old girl was found alive in the resulting rubble.

One of the casualties was Revd. Sist. Henrietta Alokha, the school principal of Bethlehem Girls College, a catholic institution with boarding facilities. By Monday, Bethlehem College’s warren of sepia-coloured buildings had fallen flat like Jericho’s walls, reduced to rubble. The grounds, patrolled by an excavator seeking buried bodies, looked like a wasteland.

The scale of the destruction attracted thousands of sympathisers to Abule-Ado early Monday morning. Hundreds gathered to watch an excavator drill through the rubble, while others moved around, hands-akimbo, surprise plastered on their faces. Security officials, including the police, army, and civil security agencies, were on standby and frequently tried to shoo away the crowd.

“It was a very pathetic situation,” Razak Akande, a Red Cross official who took part in the rescue activities on Sunday, said. “No human being gets there and not cry.”

It was easy to see why. This wasn’t just another explosion. It was different. The damage extended for miles. Parts of the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex were also affected. Cars that avoided the fire had their windows and windscreen shattered. The air reeked of gasoline.

“There is nothing I can do except to find a way to fix our roof,” Olaoluwa, the 29-year-old who is waiting to be called up for national youth service, said. But others closer to the tragedy, those who had lost loved ones and entire properties to the fire, were not so hopeful. Women sobbed. Men milled around, grief-stricken, uncertain of the future. “What will I tell you?” One man standing in front of his ruined school told this reporter. “It is better for me to endure my pain alone.”

What cause the explosion?

By Sunday evening, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) released a statement, explaining the cause of the blast.

“The blast occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B pipeline right of way,” NNPC spokesman, Kennie Obateru, said.

Obateru added that preliminary findings indicated the blast had also affected some NNPC pipelines which forced the corporation to immediately halt ongoing pumping operation on the Atlas Cove – Mosimi pipeline.

But the more than 20 eyewitnesses who spoke to Channels Television scoffed at NNPC’s explanation. Most of them were still visibly shocked and emotionally distraught. Their argument was that the scale of the destruction and how far it travelled (Lagosians 35km away from Abule-Ado said they heard the blast) didn’t correlate with the nature of gas explosions. Some reported that the community had witnessed some gas explosions in the late 2000s, and the scale of destruction was nowhere the March 15 blast.

One of the eye-witnesses, Emmanuel Obi, said it had to be a bomb. On Monday morning, he was wearing a pair of borrowed singlets and shorts, giving interviews in front of his charred building. “The only thing I have left is the clothes I wore to church,” he said. “My neigbour lost his only son.”

Another eyewitness, Ugochukwu Eze, 25, was washing clothes when he went out to buy more detergent. From a distance, he saw white smoke reaching for the skies. Then he heard the explosion. “I couldn’t hear anything,” he said. “The ground was shaking and everybody was running for their lives.”

Yet another eyewitness, Innocent Oranagwa, 56, was in Abule-Ado, some minutes before the blast, to do some shopping. His bike was approaching a junction when he noticed white smoke fizzing out from the ground. He asked the bike driver to use an alternative route. Less than a minute after making the diversion, he heard an explosion. It had to be a bomb, he told this reporter.

All the stories were similar – chilling accounts of sudden disruption and fear and loss.

“This is a bomb,” Eze said. “I live here and I witnessed it.”

What Next?

Abule-Ado is one of many residential communities in Lagos existing alongside petroleum pipelines. It is also part of a wider community, Satellite Town, which was inundated with some 50 tank farms in the 2010s. According to a 2019 report, the tank farms, which are operated by 30 oil marketing companies, house over 2.5 trillion litres of petroleum. Satellite Town residents have repeatedly called for the relocation of the farms, which attract hordes of tankers and, consequently, fierce gridlocks.

On Sunday evening, hours after the blast, NNPC chief, Mele Kyari, visited the blast’s ground zero. He acknowledged there were problems around standard processes “that are not optimum” and warned people not to build houses around pipelines. “It is very dangerous and they should respect our right of way,” he said. “It is for the safety of all and it is about ensuring people are safe.”

President Muhammadu Buhari described the explosion as a “tragedy”.

“I must confess I have never seen anything of this magnitude before, it’s like a war zone,” Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said during his inspection on Monday morning. He announced a N2bn relief fund for victims of the explosion, with an immediate injection of N250m. The Governor encouraged other Nigerians and organisations to contribute.

Also, Sanwo-Olu announced an investigative committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, to look into the cause of the explosion.

For Oscar Martins, 45, who lost his cousins in the ensuing fire, the committee is the most important thing. “Money is not the most important thing,” he said. “They have to investigate.”


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Still This: Another body explosion recovered in Abule Ado.


The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency on Friday recovered another body from the rubbles of the explosion that rocked Abule Ado, Lagos, on Sunday.

The body was recovered from one of the buildings in the area during the ongoing clearance operation.


Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, DG/CEO LASEMA, disclosed this in a statement, adding that the total confirmed number of deaths was now 22.

“An additional body was retrieved today, bringing the total number of fatalities to 22.


“468 people were displaced from their homes and 100 of them are now in the relief camp,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.

LASEMA DG also revealed that one person has been declared missing during the ensuing pandemonium as a result of the explosion.

The emergency agency added that its help desk would continue to manage enquiries and arrange transfer to the LASEMA relief camp for those in need of shelter and food.

The DG also appealed for calm and urged members of the public to keep away from the scene.


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Lagos explosion happened at Soba, not Abule Ado – Baale of Soba tells Air.


The Baale of Soba Town, Jimoh Agbebeji, on Friday said that the name of the site of March 15 explosion in Lagos was Soba and not Abule-Ado.

Agbebeji made the statement at a press briefing in Lagos.


According to the Baale, the explosion occurred at Soba and not at Abule-Ado, as widely reported.

Agbebeji said: “Soba is an autonomous community under Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.


“Soba Community is a distinct and different community from Abule-Ado, though they share a common boundary,” said the traditional ruler.

He said that the damage from the explosion was enormous, leading to loss of lives and property.


“A whole family of four was wiped off after the incident and many are still receiving treatment in hospitals around the community.

“There were great destruction and damage of properties worth over 30 billion naira, which include over 350 houses, schools, vehicles, and markets,” he said.


The Baale commended the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the support given to the affected victims in the area.

He urged the state government to send a fact-finding delegation to investigate the remote and root cause of the explosion, to avert further occurrences.

Agbebeji advised Nigerians to come to the aid of the residents to help cushion the effect of the loss.


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Lagos Explosion: ‘What kind of joke is this?’ – Falz slam Sanwo olu after asking Nigerians to make donations


Following the pipeline explosion that happened on Sunday 15th of March, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz has taken to twitter to condemn Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu for asking Nigerians to contribute for the cause.

Recall that after Babajide Sanwo-olu visited the site for on-the-spot assessment of the situation, he made a pledge to set up a 2 billion naira relief fund for the victims. He further went on to solicit funds for the affect people from Nigerians, explaining that the Lagos state government’s won’t be able to solely raise the funds.


The 29 year old Musician expressed his disappointment in what the Governor said by asking Nigerians to contribute.

In his words; “What kind of joke is this? Who are you asking to donate?”


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Lagos Explosion: FG promise relieve materials, set to rebuild damaged buildings.


President Muhammad Buhari has promised to rebuild all houses destroyed by the explosion that rocked Abule-Ado community in Amuwo-Odofin Local Area of Lagos State on Sunday.

This is even as emergency workers have continued to search for the body of a missing person who may have died in the explosion.


About 20 persons lost their lives among who were students of Bethlehem Girls’ High School, while several houses were also destroyed in the early-morning explosion that occurred in the area.

The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, who was on-the-spot assessment to the site, assured those affected by the explosion that the Federal Government would conduct a detailed investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.


The minister who represented the president said the Federal Government will also partner the state government to investigate the actual cause of the explosion.

Describing the explosion as devastating, President Buhari said: “The level of destruction here is devastating. It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in this situation. It is a good thing that our agencies: National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA, the Federal and State Fire Services, and other agencies joined hands to respond immediately when this incident happened, and that is the first stage.


“A committee has already been set up by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of the Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to really verify and investigate the root cause of this incident. Meanwhile, we are joining hands with the state government to support the victims of this incident – those that are in the hospital and those that are now displaced because of this explosion.

“So, we are going to work together with the state government to bring some kind of support and assistance to the affected victims. We are going to be working together in investigating the root cause of this incident; we will also work together in setting up a strategic framework so that we will address this issue once and for all. We are also going to work in the area of rebuilding these structures that have been destroyed by this incident.


“We will bring relief materials in terms of food and non-food materials. Then, we can now see how we can support people to rebuild their lives. We have pledged our commitment and we are going to support in whatever way.

The deputy governor of Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat, who conducted the president round the explosion site also called for unity and oneness to overcome the present challenge.


He said: “When this incident happened, all agencies of government both federal and state came together to work, so our agencies have shown what togetherness can do. They came together to assist people in their difficulties; so basically we will work together to see how we can resolve this incident.

“Then we will see how to assist the people in this area and use the opportunity to see how we can maintain the physical development of this community.

“People should have dignity in death. On Monday, there will be a Mass for people that have died, and after that we can talk about property and money. It is important we account for every human being in this area first.”


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PDP slam Buhari after he fails to visit Lagos explosion scene


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as ’embarrasing’ President Buhari’s attitude to the Abule-Ado explosion in Lagos State.

In a statement released by its spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday morning, the PDP condemned President Buhari for not going to Lagos to sympathise with the victims of the incident.


The party said it is ”strange that a leader could remain distant and not deem it fit to personally identify with the victims through a visit, but prefer to wait in the comfort of Aso Presidential Villa to be presented with photographs of the ugly incident.”

Read the statement below

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to end his embarrassing lethargic approach to governance and the welfare of Nigerians, and immediately proceed to Lagos to reassure Nigerians over the horrendous Abule-Ado explosion that killed many of our compatriots, injured and rendered many more homeless.


The party said with such a national calamity and attendant loss of lives and property, it is indeed strange that a leader could remain distant and not deem it fit to personally identify with the victims through a visit, but prefer to wait in the comfort of Aso Presidential Villa to be presented with photographs of the ugly incident.

The PDP holds as unfortunate that the Buhari Presidency always waits to be reminded or prodded before identifying with our citizens and taking up responsibility whenever our nation is confronted with critical issues that directly affect the wellbeing and security of Nigerians.


Nigerians had expected Mr. President to always lead from the front on serious national issues, as he promised, but this had not been the case, resulting in leadership failure and myriads of security, economic, environmental and political problems that had bedeviled our nation in the last five years.

The PDP therefore urges President Buhari’s handlers to immediately schedule a visit to Abule- Ado, Lagos, so that Mr. President can have an on-the-spot assessment of the horrific incident and take corresponding action to avert a future recurrence.

The party also called for a forensic investigation into the spate of explosions, particularly the Abule-Ado disaster, given the conflicting reports on the cause of the incident.

The explosion in Abule Ado on Sunday March 15, left 18 persons dead and destroyed over 50 houses.


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Lagos Explosion: BBNaija’s Mercy Eke hails late principal trying to save students – call her hero.


The Principal of Bethlehem Girls College, Rev. Sr Henrietta Alokha died on Sunday, March 15, 2020, following the explosion which occurred in Abule Ado community of Lagos State.

Rev. Sr Henrietta Alokha who worked hard to rescue some students trapped in the boarding school under her care, died after the roof of the educational facility fell on her.


Winner of Big Brother Naija 2019, Mercy Eke has reacted to the unfortunate demise of Rev. Sr Alokha, who sacrificed her life to save school children.

Mercy took to her Twitter page to praise the Rev. Sr and commiserate with families of the victims: “Not all heroes wear capes “Reverend Sister Henrietta Alokha (sacrificed her life to save school children) may there be jubilation in heaven for the arrival of Gods angel and to the families that lost love ones yesterday may God give you the strength to bear such great loss.”


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Lagos Governor, Deputy visit Abule Ado explosion scene.


Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy Obafemi Hamzat are currently at the scene of the explosion at the Abule-Ado area in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of the state.

The explosion which occurred on Sunday rocked neighboring areas, with plumes of smoke rising into the sky from the raging inferno as a result of the blast.


The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who gave preliminary reports on Sunday said at least 17 bodies have been recovered, while 25 casualties are being treated for injuries from the pipeline explosion.

He added that the raging fire had displaced many residents who fled their abodes for fear of being caught up in the inferno.


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Admin of school destroyed by Lagos explosion dies in inferno.


Following the aftermath of the explosion that rockes the Abule-Ado environs of Lagos State today, Rev. Sr. Henrietta Alokha has been confirmed dead.

She had tried saving the children under her care, and went back to save more before the roof caved in on her.

Most of the students have been accounted for, with minor cuts and injuries, whilst some whose injuries were more severe are at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Ojo.


According to Catholic Africa:

REVEREND SISTER DIES IN PIPELINE EXPLOSION:

Rev. Sr Henrietta Alokha who until her untimely death today, was the principal of Bethlehem High School, Abule Ado was involved a petrol pipeline explosion this morning in Abule Odo, Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos State.

An eye witness reported that:

“The roof of our building is off and a nearby school is on fire.”Reports have it that she was able to rescue all the students until she succumbed to the fire. Eternal rest grant her, O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon her. Amen �

May her soul rest in peace 🙏


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Lagos explosion dares Secondary school – Injured school girls evacuated. {Photos}

… Bethlehem girls college


A boarding school, “Bethlehem Girls College” was affected by the pipeline explosion that rocked Abue Ado Community of Lagos State, in the early hours of today, 15th of March, 2015.

In a videos shared online, some students of the school were spotted being evacuated from the scene of the explosion.


The casualty figure of the incident which destroyed many properties is still unknown at the time of filing this report.


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Update: Lagos explosion not caused by oil pipeline – NEMA.


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has revealed that the explosion which occurred at Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos State on Sunday was not caused by any sort of vandalism of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline.

Recall, NobleReporters earlier reported that there was an explosion around Festac town, Lagos and houses destroyed in the process.

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According to Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, the acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, (NEMA), the explosion was not connected to pipeline vandalism contrary to speculations made on social media.

He said; “From the information given by officials of the Lagos State Fire Service who are currently on the ground, the implosion 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,” 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.


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Gas disaster: Femi Gbajabiamila console Kaduna government


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Sunday expressed shock and sadness over the gas explosion incident in Sabon Tasha, Kaduna.

The incident, which occurred at a gas shop, claimed the lives of several people including the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Prof. Simon P. Mallam, and destroyed properties worth millions of naira.

While expressing sadness over the incident, Gbajabiamila said: “It is with shock and sadness that I received the news of the gas explosion incident that claimed the lives of some Nigerians that included Prof Simon Mallam, the Chairman/CEO of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission.

Femi Gbajabiamila


“While I sympathize with the State government, the survivors and the families of those that died during the explosion, I also pray for the repose of the souls of those that lost their lives to the explosion.

“I also want to assure them that they are not alone in this trying times of theirs,” Gbajabiamila said.


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Gas disaster: Kaduna Government moves to enforce safety regulations


Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe, on Sunday visited the scene of Saturday’s gas explosion in Sabon Tasha area of the state which killed six persons including Prof. Simon P. Mallam, Chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission.

This was even as she said that the state government will be tough in enforcing safety regulations to protect the lives of its citizens.


The deputy governor in company with Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and other government officials also visited the victims at General Hospital, Sabon Tasha, St. Gerald Hospital and Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital within Kaduna metropolis.

Some of the victims have been treated and discharged at the time of the visit.


Speaking with journalists after her visit, the deputy governor expressed sadness over the incident, and prayed for the quick recovery of those injured.

She stressed the need for business men to always adhere to government regulations in siting businesses in designated business areas set aside by government.


“We are sad over this unfortunate incident. We pray for the repose of those who lost their lives. We advise residents to adhere strictly to government’s policy when opening business.

“Kaduna State will be tough in enforcing safety regulations to protect the lives of its citizens. I call on residents of the state to report to authorities any person who situates life-threatening businesses such as gas plants in residential areas to avoid future occurrence.”

The deputy governor, however, commended the security and safety agencies for the team work which saved human lives and other neighbouring buildings.

The deputy governor prayed for the repose of the soul of the late professor and all persons who lost their lives in the incident and urged the family to accept the death of their father as the will of God.


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Kaduna explosion caused by illegal transfer of Gas – DPR


Nigeria’s Department of Petroleum Resources has said that an illegal transfer of Liquefied Petroleum Gas caused the explosion that occurred in Kaduna on Saturday.

This was revealed by Head, Public Affairs of the agency, Mr Paul Osu, said this in a statement after a preliminary investigation was conducted.


The gas explosion that rocked Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna claimed over five lives as nearby stalls were razed by the fire.

He said, “In line with our regulatory oversight on the oil and gas industry, the agency immediately mobilised our staff to the scene to investigate the cause of explosion.

“We wish to inform the public that we are carrying out further investigations on the incident, and we will update as soon as we conclude.

“We appeal to members of the public to continue to assist in reporting the activities of illegal operators to the nearest DPR office.”


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20 bodies recovered from DR Congo River Disaster Days After Explosion.


Twenty bodies have been recovered from a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a ferry blaze, local officials said Saturday.

The boat, which was transporting dozens of passengers as well as goods, caught fire overnight Monday in Tshimbinda, a village near Tshikapa, the capital of the central province of Kasai.


A report by a naval force in charge of waterway security in the DRC said a member of the crew lit a cigarette just as his comrades were filling up the boat with fuel.

It said 17 bodies were found on Tuesday and another three on Friday along the Kasai River, a tributary of the Congo River.

Several other people suffered burns and a number remain missing, the report said, without giving the total number of people on board the boat at the time of the fire.

Lake and river transport is widely used in the vast country as the highway system is poor, but accidents are common, often caused by overloading and the unsafe state of vessels.


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