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.

Abule-Ado Explosion: Make Safety Your Priority, Sanwo-Olu Tells Residents

(File) Lagos State Governor, Babjide Sanwo-Olu gives an update on the index case Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) recorded in the state on February 18, 2020.

 

Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised residents to make safety their priority, while urging them to maintain a safe distance from the scene of the explosion and fire as the site is still live.

Residents in Abule-Ado area of the state were thrown into a sad mood on Sunday morning as a blast occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) System 2B pipeline right of way.

At least 15 bodies were recovered with about 55 people sustained some level of injuries.

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Houses and properties were not spared as cars and buildings were damaged by the resultant blast.

In a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the Governor had instructed the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to immediately release protective equipment to the affected site to prevent any form of medical hazard such as respiratory infections by the residents who may unknowingly inhale toxic substances from the explosion.

The Governor noted that in a situation like this, there would be a lot of unhealthy substances, gas particulate matters that can affect people’s lungs.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, however, reiterated the need for the residents to maintain a safe distance as practicable to avoid breathing in polluted air.

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.

Pipeline Explosion Rocks Imo Community

A picture of an explosion used to illustrate the story.
A picture of an explosion used to illustrate the story.

 

A pipeline exploded in Etekwuru community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State in the early hours of Tuesday.

This was confirmed to Channels Television by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Imo State Command, Chimeziri Lowell.

 

The NSCDC official said the explosion was triggered by illegal oil bunkering activities by some hoodlums in the community.

He also noted that the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Raji Ibrahim, had mobilised a team of security operatives to the scene for an on-the-spot assessment of the incident.

The number of casualties in the incident has yet to be ascertained.

Etekwuru is one of the oil-producing communities located in Imo State.

Following the incident, calm has returned to the community, although the explosion left major farmlands and livestock destroyed.

Hours after the explosion, there were still pockets of fire at the scene

 

Recounting their loss, some indigenes of Etekwuru have called on the Federal Government and appropriate authorities to come to their aid.

They also asked the government to intervene and put an end to illegal bunkering activities by hoodlums in the area.

Channels Television gathered that the destroyed pipeline was one of the oil installations and pipelines belonging to the Shell Petroleum Development Company.

At the scene, officials recovered some abandoned polythene bags with adulterated petroleum products and oil spillage around the vicinity, giving a picture that some illegal bunkering activities had been going on in the area.

Although the inferno has gone down to a large extent, the fire was seen raging in some other areas.

The Imo State Police Command has yet to confirm if anybody was killed or injured in the explosion.

Explosion Rocks Crude Oil Pipeline In Delta

 

A crude trunk line operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has exploded at the Abura crude trunk line in Otu-Jeremi town Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Channels Television gathered that the oil pipeline exploded on Friday, dumping crude oil into the surroundings of Otu-Jeremi community, causing tension for residents, especially those living metres from the affected line.

It is not clear yet the extent of damage caused by the explosion or if there are casualties.

Sources in the area say security agencies have already taken charge of the scene of the incident, and that firefighters are trying to put out the resulting blaze.

As at the time of this report, NNPC has yet to comment on the incident.

10 More Victims Of Ijegun Explosion Confirmed Dead

 

Ten more persons have been confirmed dead following the pipeline explosion in the Ijegun area of Lagos State Government Thursday, July 4.

This development was disclosed in a statement by the Lagos State government on Monday.

According to the statement, the victims died due to severe and high degree burns suffered from the inferno.

The Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, who made this statement on behalf of the state government, said three of the victims died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja while seven died at Gbagada General Hospital.

Dr. Gonclaves said that out of the 22 victims rescued by the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), nine were taken to LASUTH, while twelve others were taken to Trauma and Burns Unit of Gbagada General Hospital and one to Alimosho General Hospital.

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The Lagos State Government said it has so far expended over ten million naira in the care of victims of the Ijegun pipeline explosion adding that the survivors of the inferno are receiving adequate and quality care at designated government facilities free of charge.

Dr. Goncalves who disclosed this during a visit to the victims of the incident at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) noted that the State Government has not abandoned the victims as being speculated but is providing the best care possible to ensure their full recovery.

“Victims of the inferno are being provided with adequate and quality care in our facilities free of charge in line with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s directive and they are being closely monitored and cared for by our specialists to ensure their full recovery and rehabilitation”, Goncalves said.

She explained that out of the 22 victims rescued by the Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS), 9 were taken to LASUTH, 12 were taken to Trauma and Burns Unit, Gbagada General Hospital while one is being managed at Alimosho General Hospital.

Goncalves noted that 10 out of the patients receiving care at LASUTH and Gbagada General Hospital died due to severe and high degrees of burns suffered from the inferno adding that three died at LASUTH while seven died at Gbagada General Hospital.

She said: “unfortunately, due to the high degree of burns suffered by these victims which is almost at 100 percent, we lost 10 of them but we are doing everything possible to ensure that no other life is lost and we will continue to do all in our might to provide intensive care for the remaining and from reports received they are responding to treatment”

“Treatment of victims with high percentage of burns requires intensive care and management which should follow some treatment protocol and this is why I am appealing to families of the victims to be calm and cooperate with our health workers as they care for their loved ones”, Goncalves stated.

The Chief Medical Director, LASUTH, Dr. Adetokunbo Fabamwo who spoke in the same vein stated that the teaching hospital and its annex, Trauma and Burns Unit, Gbagada General Hospital had since received the patients, and are providing the necessary care and support needed to aid their quick recovery.

“LASUTH alone has expended about six million naira so far to cover laboratory investigations, X-rays, consumables and medications, infact, one of the patients was treated with silver patches costing 350,000 thousand naira”, Fabamwo said.

He added that daily on-the-spot assessments are being conducted by specialists in burns and trauma to ensure that the victims are rehabilitated in line with treatment protocol for the burns.

“I want to assure families of the victims that their loved ones will receive the best care possible and we will ensure availability of medical and other supplies throughout the period of their management”, the Chief Medical Director said.

He advised families of victims not to liaise with any non-hospital staff and report any case of extortion or ill-treatment by any person to his office or better still call him on 08037787788 or the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health on 08023049478. He stressed that the treatment of the victims is free.

PHOTOS: Vehicles, Properties Destroyed In Lagos Pipeline Explosion

Scene of the pipeline explosion.

 

Two people have been killed and dozens of vehicles destroyed after pipeline vandals breached a fuel pipeline causing an explosion in Ijegun area of Lagos State.

The incident, which happened in the early hours of Lagos on Thursday, is the latest in a long string of such accidents.

Two brunt bodies were rescued by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) in the fire incident where more than 30 vehicles were also gutted by fire.

 

See photos of the fire incident below…

Several Feared Dead In Rivers Pipeline Explosion

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A pipeline explosion in Kom Kom area of Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State, has left several people feared dead.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, the pipeline exploded during a routine maintenance work by some engineers and has nothing to do with vandalism or terrorism.

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He explained that some persons stormed the area to scoop petroleum product when the explosion occurred, which led to their deaths.

Omoni added that men of the command are at the scene of the incident to ascertain the state of things and the number of casualties.

FG Receives Repentant Niger Delta Militants 

Niger DeltaThe Federal Government will be receiving about 7,000 repentant militants in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator of the Amnesty Program, Retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh said that the repentant militants declared their interest to disarm and join the Niger Delta Amnesty programme.

He was speaking to journalists after an inter-agency meeting to discuss the recent attack on pipelines in the Niger Delta.

General Boroh added that the ex-agitators have also declared their willingness to be involved in plans to ensure the security of pipelines and oil facilities in the region.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Ugure, had earlier hosted an inter-agency meeting, where strategies on how to counter the attacks on oil facilities were discussed.

Warri Pipeline Explosion

Facilities belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC were blown up by suspected militants on Friday, January 15 in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

This has forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to announce the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from the attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.

Both the Nigerian Army and the Navy have described the attack as sabotage and terrorism which will not be tolerated.

The JTF Commander of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major-General Alani Okunola, said that the task force had mobilised men to apprehend those who attacked the oil facilities.

He also warned community leaders that they would be held responsible for any attack on the country’s oil and gas facilities in their domains.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, while condemning the act, promised that no efforts would be spared in securing the lives and property of the citizens.

He also proposed the establishment of special courts and tribunals to tackle crimes in the maritime sector.