- Nigeria's rescue body, NEMA, has denied that pipeline vandals caused the explosion in Lagos on Sunday, March 15
- An official of the body, Farinloye, said the claims along this line on social media were totally wrong
- Initial investigations, he said, showed that the explosion occurred at a factory in the Abule Ado area of the state
Pipeline vandals are not responsible for the explosions which occurred in Lagos on Sunday, March 15, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said.
NEMA clarified that the explosion which occurred at Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos state was not caused by a disruption of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the explosion was caused instead by activities at a factory in the area.
This was the submission of NEMA acting coordinator, Ibrahim Farinloye.
Farinloye told NAN that contrary to claims on social media, pipeline vandalism was not involved in the explosion.
The rescue official also announced that the pipeline passing through the affected area had been shut down by the NNPC as a precautionary measure.
He also confirmed that several buildings were affected by the explosion which was heard several kilometres away.
The incident has since been generating reactions from residents.
Legit.ng reported earlier that there was confusion as well as anguish in some communities in Lagos state after residents, on Sunday, woke up to an explosion that destroyed many houses and other properties.
While some residents thought it was caused by pipeline vandals, the government has now confirmed otherwise.
The explosion affected communities like Ijegun, Ikotun, Egbeda, Abule Ado, Okotoa, Isheri Olofin, FESTAC, and the popular Satellite Town.
In a similar vein, just weeks ago, there was a pipeline explosion around Ile-Epo, in Abule Egba area of Lagos state on Sunday night, January 19.
Several people were left dead in the disaster, according to the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
The emergency agency gave the update via its official Twitter handle on Monday, January 2020.
According to LASEMA, three adult males, one adult female and one female child lost their lives in the ugly incident.
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