- An NNPC pipeline has exploded again at the Ayobo Ipaja area of Lagos state in the early hours of Friday, December 24
- The director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Adeseye Margret, has also confirmed the tragic incident
- There has been no report of casualty yet even as the Fire and Rescue Service promised to probe the cause of the incident
Ayobo Ipaja, Lagos state - A pipeline explosion that occurred at the Ayobo Ipaja area of Lagos state in the early hours of Friday, December 24, has created panic among residents.
The Punch reported that the explosion happened around 1am, adding that details of the explosion were still sketchy.
Nevertheless, the incident has been confirmed by the chairman of Ayobo-Ipaja Local Council Development (LCDA), Bola Shobowale.
She was quoted to have said:
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“It is true. It happened around 1 am."
The Ayobo-Ipaja LCDA chairman, however, declined comment regarding whether or not there were casualties.
Residents of the area have also taken to social media to seek help.
Security, firefighters arrive
Reporting the incident, Vanguard stated that the raging fire gutted the NNPC Petroleum pipeline, adding that men of the NNPC, security, firefighters and NSCDC are already at the scene to salvage the situation.
The newspaper added that the pipeline fire explosion does not pose any threat to human and public lives as the site is located in Isale Odo, LASU Road, Egbeda, Alimosho area of the state.
An eyewitness was reported to have said that an electric cable collapse led to electric sparks all over the area which got to the spilt content of PMS around the area and led to the pipeline gutting fire and subsequently exploding.
We are on top of the situation - Fire service director
Adeseye Margret, the director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, has also confirmed the incident.
“We are aware and on top of the situation at Baruwa pipeline fire explosion."
The fire boss who could not state the actual cause of the explosion said a proper investigation by the service will reveal the cause(s).
Abule ado explosion: Lagos state presents cheques to families of 23 deceased victims
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Lagos state government in April 2020 announced that twenty-three families who lost their loved ones in the Abule-Ado explosion had been presented with relief cheques.
Recall that an explosion rocked Abule-Ado, Satellite Town, Lagos state on Sunday, March 15, 2020, claiming the lives of several people and destroying over 50 houses.
“We hope the money will help provide some relief even as they miss their loved ones,” the government said.