9jatoday has been informed that a couple and their three kids have been found to be among the 17 persons that died in the explosion which rocked Abule Ado, a community in Lagos State on Sunday morning.
The deadly gas explosion which has also been confirmed by the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has ravaged about fifty structures in Abule Ado on the early hour of Sunday morning as a result of a truck which reportedly hits some gas cylinders in the community.
As reported in a statement made available on Sunday evening by NNPC, the truck run into some gas cylinders which were stacked in a gas processing plant not far from the corporation’s System 2B Pipeline Right of Way, and instantly every exploded with the inferno.
Read below in full the statement released by the NNPC:
As noted in the press release above, 9jatoday understands that all ongoing pumping operations on the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline have been put to a stop as this was active at the time of the incident.
Reports also have it that Lagos Fire Service, in-house combined team consisting of Health Safety Environment experts, Medical and Security personnel from the NNPC nearby Satellite Depot in Lagos, has all been mobilized to quickly put off the inferno and also evacuate bodies of victims.
However, the mouthpiece of the corporation has assured members of the public and residents to stay calm, noting that the temporary shutdown of the petroleum products pipeline as a result of the explosion would not in any way affects the usual supply of products to the Lagos and its environs.
Reacting to lives lost, the NNPC Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, expressed his sympathy with the victims of the incident, praying that God provides them succor at this hour.
See some photos from the Inferno below:
Meanwhile, in another report, the Director-General/CEO LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyimtolu, while giving figures of the victims affected hinted that the cause of the explosion is yet to be known.
He said, “17 bodies have been recovered while 25 casualties are being treated for injuries on site. We sympathise with the families that lost their loved ones to the inferno and wish the injured quick recovery.
“We appeal for calm and urge residents to shun fake news. Operation is still in progress. Updates will continue through the course of operation while investigations remain ongoing.”