Gas Explosion Triggered Abule-Ado Blast -Says NNPC

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says that a gas explosion caused the blast which rocked Abule Ado area of Lagos State today.

 The Group General Manager, Dr Kennie Obateru Public Affairs Division of the NNPC on Sunday, in statement said the blast occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B pipeline right of way.

Dr. Kennie also revealed that preliminary findings indicated that the impact of the explosion was huge and it led to the collapse of nearby houses and damaged some NNPC pipelines.

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The NNPC spokesman appealed to members of the public and residents of the affected communities to remain calm and assured that the temporary shutdown of the petroleum products pipeline would not affect the normal supply of products to Lagos and its environs.

At least 15 bodies have been recovered while rescue operations are ongoing after an explosion occurred at the Abule-Ado area of Festac town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State.

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Spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the casualty figures.

Meanwhile, The President, Major-Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Sunday, condoled with the families of the victims of the explosion in Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Buhari also consoled all those who lost property to the incident or were affected in any way, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.

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