No fewer than 50 buildings, among them a boarding school, were destroyed early today when an explosion rocked Abule Ado, near the Trade Fair Complex on the Lagos – Badagry highway.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the cause of the incident and exact casualty figure were unknown as “rescue operations are still ongoing in the affected area’’.
He said the resulting fire, from the explosion, later spread to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation oil pipeline passing through the area, though the pipeline has been shut down as a precautionary measure.
A combined team of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and the Nigerian Navy Fire Tender responded to the emergency and spent hours battling to put out the inferno.
NAN reports that the explosion, which occurred at about 9.00 a.m. on Sunday caused panic among Lagos residents after it shook many houses in Ijegun, Festac Town and other communities in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area up to Agege, near Lagos.
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