Abule Ado Explosion: Displaced Persons Relocate To Igando Relief Camp

 

The Lagos State Government has relocated 100 displaced persons affected by a gas explosion in Abule Ado, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government Area of the state.

According to the Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, 468 people were displaced from their homes following the tragic incident.

He explained that the decision to relocate the victims is to ensure their adequate welfare, stressing that some persons were still missing.

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“468 people were displaced from their homes and 100 of them are now in the relief camp. Two missing.

“Our help desk remains manned and our personnel are available to manage enquiries and arrange transfer to the LASEMA relief camp for those who have need of shelter and food,” he said.

Oke-Osanyintolu revealed that an additional dead body was recovered from the rubbles, increasing the death toll from the scene to 21.

He also called for calm by members of the public, urging them to keep away from the scene as they continue to provide updates.

 

PHOTOS: Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Visits Scene Of Abule-Ado Explosion

 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has visited the scene of the Sunday explosion in Abule Ado area of Lagos.

The minister says the federal government will work with the committee set up by the Lagos state government to rebuild the disaster-struck areas and bring succor to those affected.

The Lagos state deputy governor Obafemi Hamzat who heads the committee has been conducting on the spot assessment with his team. He welcomes and briefs the minister on efforts made so far.

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PHOTOS: Devastation, Anguish As Explosion Rips Dreams To Shred In Lagos

 

Nigerians are yet to come out of the shock of what transpired in the Abule-Ado area of the Lagos metropolis in the early hours of Sunday.

When residents within the Amuwo-Odofin area and its environs heard a loud bang at about 9am on Sunday, many who were a far off did not know that what they had heard was the noise streaming from a massive explosion that had left so many things destroyed in its wake.

The explosion which was triggered by an incident involving gas killed over 15 persons and left many houses and vehicles damaged, most of these properties were damaged beyond repairs.

Those who survived the explosion but lost their belongings have started packing what is left of their their properties to different destinations.

Below are some photos that tell graphically the anguish and devastation that has trailed the Abule-Ado explosion.

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Abule-Ado Explosion: PDP Seeks Rejig Of Emergency Response, Recognition Of Rev Sister Alokha

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is shocked and grief-stricken by the devastating explosion in Abule-Ado, Lagos state, on Sunday, which again resulted in the agonizing death of innocent citizens while injuring and rendering many more homeless.

The PDP is particularly worried about the spate of explosions and other avoidable disasters, particularly in Lagos and other strategic states, which raises grave public safety concerns in our nation’s commercial nerve centers.

The party recalled that only in January, a pipeline explosion rocked Abule-Egba in Lagos state in which compatriots were killed in an inferno that razed valuables and brought anguish to many families.

The PDP therefore called for a rejig of the national emergency response in a manner that will educate Nigerians on how to prevent disasters.

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According to the party, such an overhaul of the nation’s emergency management must strengthen quick responses to disasters by respective agencies of government and volunteer groups.

The PDP insists that drastic measures must be adopted to check recurring disasters in the country.

The party lamented that the explosion has again brought sorrow, anguish, and pain to families who are now suffering bereavement, injuries, homelessness, loss of property and means of livelihood.

The opposition party said it is grieved by the traumatizing effect of the explosion on a school, which killed the school principal, Revd. Sist. Henrietta Alokha, and injured many of the students.

“Our party notes the heroic service rendered by Revd. Sister Alokha in saving no fewer than 300 students and losing her own life at the end, the PDP stated in a communique on Monday.

The PDP urged the Federal Government to confer a worthy posthumous recognition in honour of Revd Sister Alokha.

While deeply commiserating with the victims of the explosion, the party urged relevant authorities as well as public-spirited individuals, groups and establishments to come to the aid of all those affected.

The party called on all Nigerians to remain vigilant and continue to pray for divine intervention on the nation at this trying time.

Lawan, Gbajabiamila Commiserate With Victims Of Abule-Ado Explosion

 

Leaders of the National Assembly have commiserated with victims of the pipeline explosion that rocked Abule-Ado area of Lagos on Sunday.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, in separate statements, called on the relevant authorities to get to the root of the incident, with a view to forestalling a reoccurrence.

My heart goes out to the people of Abule Ado, especially the victims of the explosion, in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area. I also sympathise with the people and Government of Lagos State over the incident

May I call on all the agencies of government to do diligent work to ascertain the cause of the explosion to avert a reoccurrence, Gbajabiamila said.

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Similarly, Lawan condoled with all those who lost loved ones in the incident, while urging the state government to get to the root of the incident.

The blast which was caused by human error and aggravated by gas cylinders led to the death of at least 17 people and about 25 injured.

Properties worth millions of Naira were not spared as the blast destroyed belongings of people in an area where petroleum pipelines pass through.

The NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari, has also called on Lagosians to stay away from the Right of Way of the Corporation.

Those Who Have Hand In Abule-Ado Blast Must Be Punished – Tinubu

 

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has condemned the pipeline explosion in Abule-Ado area of Lagos, demanding that those who have hands in the incident should be punished.

In a statement on Sunday from his Media Office, signed by Tunde Rahman, Tinubu commiserated with families and relations of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate occurrence.

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He said: I strongly condemn this incident. I commiserate with families and relations of those who died.  I also sympathise with those who lost their valued property.

In their memories and in order to avert similar occurrence in future, the authorities must get to the root of this incident and curb the incessant pipeline explosion in the area.

All those who had a hand in this explosion, including those who acted in ways to put lives at risk and hard-earned possessions in jeopardy must be punished, no matter how highly placed they may be, he insisted.

Channels TV reported that the death toll from the incident has risen to at least 17, with about 25 people injured.

Buildings, cars and other properties owned by people in the area and environs were destroyed by the impact of the blast.

At Least 17 Bodies Recovered, 25 Injured In Abule-Ado Pipeline Explosion

 

At least 17 bodies have been recovered, while 25 casualties are being treated for injuries from the pipeline explosion that rocked Abule-Ado area of Lagos state on Sunday.

This is according to the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who gave preliminary reports in a statement.

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

There were a number of secondary explosions which have caused significant damage to multiple buildings including the levelling of a church to ground zero and the destruction of St Margaret’s girl’s hostel.

17 bodies have been recovered while 25 casualties are being treated for injuries on site.

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, said that the explosion had nothing to do with terrorism or pipeline vandalism.

Confirming to Channels Television, Odumosu maintained that it was a human error and unsafe human activities that led to the explosion.

Also giving updates on the tragedy, the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in a statement, revealed that a total of 55 persons were attended to made up of 36 school children and 19 adults.

The statement added that one of the adults had about 35 per cent mixed degree burns with inhalation injuries and pulmonary edema, stating that the victim has been admitted into the Intensive Care Unit and connected to a ventilator.

Seven other adults and two children are on admission in the Wards. Two adults had Traumatic Brain Injury and were referred to LUTH for neurosurgical intervention. The remaining 43 have been treated and discharged.

Three people were brought in dead – two females and a Male, the statement read in parts

Abule-Ado Explosion: Don’t Sell Gas, Build Houses Around Pipelines, Kyari Tells Lagosians

 

Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has warned Lagos residents to desist from building houses, as well as vendors, to desist from selling gas around the corporation’s pipeline right of way (ROW).

Speaking during an on-the-spot assessment of an explosion site in Abule-Ado area of Festac town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State, where a blast occurred on Sunday, Mr Kyari said the explosion was aggravated by a spark that ignited fire from an extensively charged atmosphere that emanated from gas cylinder leakages.

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There are problems around standard processes that are not optimum and has allowed things to happen. Explosions caused by a spark that ignited fire from an extensively charged atmosphere that emanated from gas cylinder leakages.

Our pipeline, unfortunately, is very close to this location, so the incident ignited our pipeline; we will take down the fire immediately with all the efforts of partners, but the important thing is that people should not build houses around pipelines, it is very dangerous and they should respect our right of way. It is for the safety of all and it is about ensuring people are safe.

He sympathised with the people and government of the state while appreciating the response time of other agencies.

Buhari Condoles With Victims Of Abule–Ado Explosion

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sympathised with victims of the Abule-Ado explosion in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, on Sunday.

In a short statement, President Buhari also expressed shock at the tragedy which many has described as a black Sunday.

I have received with sadness the news of this unfortunate incident which caused the loss of lives and property.

A misfortune of whatever scale anywhere is a tragedy to the country, and while the NNPC makes efforts to determine the cause of the incident, I send my deepest and profound sympathies to the victims, their families, government and people of Lagos State.

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The blast, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), was caused by a human error.

The corporation, in a statement, added that the blast occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B pipeline right of way.

Channels Television reported that Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed that at least 15 bodies have been recovered and efforts are ongoing to rescue victims trapped under caved-in structures.

Abule-Ado Blast Triggered By Gas Explosion, Says NNPC

 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says that a gas explosion caused the blast which rocked Abule Ado area of Lagos State.

In a statement by the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru, on Sunday, the blast occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B pipeline right of way.

He added that preliminary findings indicated that the impact of the explosion was huge that it led to the collapse of nearby houses and damaged some NNPC pipelines.

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Dr Obateru said when the corporation heard about the explosion, it halted ongoing pumping operation on the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline which was active at the time of the incident, while efforts are being made to curtail the fire.

The NNPC spokesman appealed to members of the public and residents of the affected communities to remain calm and assured that the temporary shutdown of the petroleum products pipeline would not affect the normal supply of products to Lagos and its environs.

At Least 15 Dead, Children Trapped As Explosion Rocks Lagos Community

 

At least 15 bodies have been recovered while rescue operations are ongoing after an explosion occurred at the Abule-Ado area of Festac town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State.

Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the casualty figures to Channels Television on Sunday.

Farinloye said that the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained and efforts are ongoing to rescue some children that are reportedly trapped under some collapsed buildings in the affected area.

We have gotten about 15 bodies recovered and there are reports of children and their principal being involved, but we cannot give the figures out now because there are many factors with revealing children involved in an accident, so we are keeping it for the safety of the children.

We are trying to rescue a child that the owner informed me, is trapped under the rubble, an excavator has gone in to move the rubbles.

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The NEMA spokesman explained that the cause of the explosion will be investigated by The Nigeria Police Anti-Bomb Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team.

We are still on the emergency phase to put out the fire and all hands are on deck. Next, we will carry out investigations.

Initially, there was a blast, after the explosion, we learnt the pipeline gutted fire.

Cause of the fire is not ascertained now; the explosion that came was so loud that it was heard about 10 kilometres away from here, so for us to have that, means something must have happened and if it is pipeline explosion, I don’t think it would have affected this range of buildings.

Investigations will be done by the appropriate agencies; the police EOD, he added.

Houses Burnt, Vehicles Damaged As Explosion Rocks Abule Ado In Amuwo Odofin

 

A pipeline explosion has occurred at the Abule-Ado area around Festac town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State.

The massive blast has reportedly rocked neighbouring areas, sparking a massive blaze that has destroyed nearby buildings including a school.

Plumes of smoke have been seen rising into the sky, but our correspondent on the scene says the area has been cordoned off.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that a tipper offloading sand caught fire, which spread to a nearby pipeline, triggering the blast.

The director-general of LASEMA Dr Femi Osanyintolu confirmed that the pipeline had earlier been vandalized by unknown persons.

Many nearby houses have been destroyed by the blaze while the explosion damaged buildings around the area and its environs.

The Lagos State Fire Service says there are buildings on fire in Ado Soba, Abule-Ado, and Amuwo-Odo.

The chairman of the local government area, mister Valentine Buraimoh told Channels Television on the phone that some children have been rescued from the collapsed school building.

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Below are some clips and reactions regarding the explosion, as obtained from Twitter.