- The principal of Bethlehem Girls College laid down her life for her students when a pipeline exploded in the Abule Ado community of Lagos
- The principal identified as Reverend Sister Henrietta Alokha rescued all her students before the roof of the collapsing building fell on her
- The explosion also claimed other lives and injured many other people
Tragedy struck on Sunday morning, March 15, after a pipeline exploded in the Abule Ado community of Lagos, killing several people and injuring many others.
The explosion affected Bethlehem Girls College and claimed the life of the school principal, Reverend Sister Henrietta Alokha, Express Information reports.
Legit.ng gathers that videos that captured the students of the boarding school being evacuated from the scene of the explosion went viral.
Eyewitnesses stated that Alokha was inside the building saving the students who were trapped in the building.
The roof of the collapsing building was said to have fallen on the principal after she succeeded in rescuing all the students of the school.
A man, who is described as his parents' only son, and his wife, said to be an only daughter, were also killed in the explosion.
The couple, according to their neighbours, got married two years ago.
Ganiyu Olayiwola, who is the head of the federal fire service in Lagos state, confirmed that four people died in the incident that shook some parts of the state. He also said the incident affected many houses.
Photographs available to Legit.ng showed rescuers and government officials at the scene evacuating the remains of the couple amid tears and wailing by neighbours.
Legit.ng previously reported that a statement from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) attributed gas explosion as the cause of the blast which occurred at Abule Ado area of Lagos state.
Kennie Obateru, a spokesperson for the NNPC, disclosed that the blast which occurred on Sunday, March 15, happened after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B pipeline right of way.
Citing preliminary findings, the NNPC spokesperson said the report indicated that the impact of the explosion was huge that it led to the collapse of nearby houses and damaged some NNPC pipelines.
Obateru said the NNPC took measure to contain the fire by halting pumping operation on the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline which was active at the time of the incident.
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