At least 17 people have been killed following a pipeline explosion that occurred at the Abule-Ado area around Festac town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State.
A statement by Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), revealed that 17 bodies were recovered from the blast site.
He also stated that 25 casualties are been treated for varying degrees of injuries while many have been displaced.
The massive blast rocked neighbouring areas, sparking a massive blaze that destroyed nearby buildings including a school.
Plumes of smoke were seen rising into the sky.
What you people heard in festac and other parts of Lagos is obviously just the ripple effect.
I fear for the people that love here and the students in that boarding school! It was a pipeline explosion at abule Ado!! God help your children this Sunday morning 💔😭😭 pic.twitter.com/p16st834PJ
— Dawriz (@dawrizz) March 15, 2020
There were a number of secondary explosions which have caused significant damage to multiple buildings including the levelling of a church to ground zero and the destruction of St Margaret’s girl’s hostel.
Oh wow it’s worse than we thought💔
Abule Ado /Festac pic.twitter.com/KxU9nc4mFr
— 𝓞𝓵𝔂 ✨ (@FirstLove04_) March 15, 2020
Many nearby houses have been destroyed by the blaze while the explosion damaged buildings around the area and its environs.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, said that the explosion had nothing to do with terrorism or pipeline vandalism.
Also giving updates on the tragedy, the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital in a statement, revealed that a total of 55 persons were attended to made up of 36 school children and 19 adults.
The statement added that one of the adults had about 35 per cent mixed degree burns with inhalation injuries and pulmonary edema, stating that the victim has been admitted into the Intensive Care Unit and connected to a ventilator.
Seven other adults and two children are on admission in the Wards. Two adults had Traumatic Brain Injury and were referred to LUTH for neurosurgical intervention. The remaining 43 have been treated and discharged.
Three people were brought in dead – two females and a Male, the statement read in parts