- The Lagos state government has taken a major step towards helping victims of the recent Abule Ado gas explosion
- Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu set up a relief fund to the tune of N2 billion
- The governor called on organisations and Nigerians to support the move
In a bid to help victims of the Abule Ado pipeline explosion which took place on Sunday, March 15, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has set up a N2 billion relief fund.
Sanwo-Olu revealed this on Monday, March 16, on his official Twitter page, urging all well-meaning Nigerians to contribute to the fund.
The governor alongside a team of inspectors was at the Bethlehem Girls College, the school which was most hit by the explosion.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a statement from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had attributed gas explosion as the cause of the blast which occurred at Abule Ado area of Lagos state.
Kennie Obateru, a spokesperson of 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.
In a related post, Legit.ng reported that fresh details available to Legit.ng revealed that a man, who is described as his parents' only son, and his wife, said to be an only daughter, were killed in the explosion that rocked a part of Lagos on Sunday, March 15.
The couple, according to their neighbours, got married two years ago. Ganiyu Olayiwola, who is the head of the federal fire service in the 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.
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