- The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has dismissed the claim that the explosion at the Abule Ado area of Lagos state was caused by a bomb blast
- NEMA's southwest coordinator Ibrahim Farinloye said the explosion was caused by too much pressure on the pipeline
- Corroborating the NEMA boss, the commissioner of police in charge of the Explosives Ordnance Disposal, Maikudi Shehu, said there was no IED at the scene
Sunday, March 15, was a black day for Lagosians and the entire nation as an explosion that occurred at the Abule Ado area of the state left many dead, scores injured and several properties destroyed.
Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the director-general Lagos state emergency management agency confirmed on Monday, March 15, that 17 bodies were recovered from the explosion site.
Osanyintolu added that 25 people were being treated for injuries sustained in the Abule Ado incident.
Meanwhile, several claims have surfaced over the possible cause of the explosion. Some attributed the explosion to a bomb blast or Improvised Explosives Devices (IED).
However, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has dismissed the bomb blast claim.
NEMA's southwest coordinator Ibrahim Farinloye said the explosion had nothing to do with bomb blast or IED.
The Nation reports that Farinloye said the explosion was caused by too much pressure on pipeline.
He further explained that preliminary security analysis shows that eight-tonne truck laden with core stone, which was parked on the pipeline, exerted too much pressure on it.
He added that the fuel that escaped the pipeline saturated the atmosphere, formed a whitish substance and exploded.
Corroborating the NEMA boss, the commissioner of police in charge of the Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Maikudi Shehu, said there was no IED at the scene.
He, however, added that operatives were still conducting investigations from samples collected.
“I can tell you that there was no IED there. The blast was not caused by IED. I am still expecting the report of findings from my officers to know exactly what happened,” he said.
Some residents also reportedly confirmed that the explosion was caused by the truck as the NEMA chief explained.
The residents whose names were not mentioned claimed the truck was moving into a construction site when it got stuck on the pipeline overnight and exerted its weight there.
Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state on Monday held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A tweet from the official Twitter account of the governor @jidesanwoolu confirmed the meeting took place.
The meeting between the Lagos state governor and the president was used by Sanwo-Olu to give Buhari a report on the Abule Ado pipeline explosion.
The governor speaking to State House reporters after briefing the Nigerian president announced the constitution of a panel to investigate the explosion which claimed many lives and destroyed property.
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