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Abule Ado explosion: Lagos urges calm as LASEMA, others battle fire

Explosion: FG to work with Lagos on resettlement of victims, relief materials

Lagos State government has urged the residents of Abule Ado and the adjoining areas to keep calm over the pipeline explosion fire as the situation is being handled.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotosho, in his twitter handle on Sunday morning, also confirmed that the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority (LASEMA)has fully mobilised to the scene, and was battling the fire.
“Pipeline explosion at Abule-Ado. LASEMA is fighting the fire. Please be calm,” said Omotosho.

Five fire engines including those from Federal Fire Service as well as all first emergency responders are on ground.

Reports said the NNPC was managing the situation from the base and taking precautionary measures including shutting off petroleum pumping along the Atlas Cove – South West Lines via NNPC Mosimi Depot.
A yet-to-be-confirmed report, however, said some lives were endangered in the explosion.

The explosion occurred about 8:30 am on Sunday morning, and blew off a roof of a nearby building. It was not clear at the time of filing this report whether the explosion had to do with oil pipeline vandalism.

The explosion forced worshipers in churches, students in a nearby school and residents to scamper in the bid to save their lives.

The blast shook buildings with many brought down, roofs blown off and there is an ongoing fire.

Bethlehem Girls College in the area was affected by the blast
Some houses on 7th Avenue, FESTAC Town were also affected, with some collapsing.
The explosion was so massive that the walls of many buildings at Abule Ado and FESTAC town collapsed.

Video footage at Abule Ado/Festac Axis