Lagos State Fire Service has dispelled the speculation, claiming it was an implosion that occurred at Abule Ado and not explosion as reported, saying “everything is being put under control.”
Statement as well as speculations by residents and victims at the area of the incident, insist that it was the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, pipeline which cut across the region that exploded in the early hours on Sunday in Lagos, the state
In the reports going viral on social media, many people were feared dead and several collapsed buildings in an NNPC Oil pipeline explosion which rocked Abule Ado area of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, with impact felt as far as 15km away.
The incident, it was gathered happened around 8.45 am, Sunday.
According to a resident in the area, Muyiwa Lekan, “I was still preparing for church services when I first heard a loud noise in this morning. Initially I thought it was a bomb blast. It was later I saw a massive smoke that accompanied the explosion”.
At the moment, the number of casualties is yet unknown as people are currently trapped in the inferno which cause is yet to be determined.
As at the time of filing this report, officials of the Lagos State fire service appears overpowered by the fire as they battled to quench fire which was still raging.
However, in a prompt response, the state fire service, through their Facebook account announced thus, “implosion in Lagos: Lagos State Fire Service is assuring the general public that the implosion is not connected with pipeline but buildings on Fire in Ado Soba, Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin and the situation is under control.”
According to the spokesman of the state fire service, Mr. Amodu, “Though, the effect was massive as people are currently trapped in the inferno which cause is yet to be determined. But I can tell you, it’s not connected with NNPC pipeline.
“Though, right now we have contacted authorities of NNPC to shut down supply through the nearby pipeline in the area which they obliged immediately in order to reduce possible incidents of carnage.
‘We have mobilized our men in collaboration with other emergency responders to site in order to rescue lives as well as salvage properties.”