UPDATE: Many Feared Dead, Injured as Explosion Rocks Lagos
Some persons are feared dead and many reportedly injured after a suspected pipeline explosion took place at the Ado Shoba axis of Abule Ado axis of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area in Lagos.
The incident occurred at about 9 am on Sunday morning.
Correspondent Kingsley Ndubuokwu reports that several suspected dead persons were carried away from the scene to the nearby Nigerian Navy Hospital.
Also, Nigeria Info can report that several buildings have either collapsed or are in bad shape after the explosion. Several cars were either burnt or destroyed by debris following the explosion.
An eyewitness told correspondent Emetekefe Akpovwovwo that one of the affected persons is a woman who has just given birth.
Ekenobi Uche was in church when she heard the explosion. She says her brother’s house is part of the buildings affected.
“My brother’s house collapsed,” she told Nigeria Info. “We were in the church when it happened. At first, we thought it was a tanker explosion. Then we ran out of the church to see.
“A woman that just gave birth was in the house. They can’t hear her voice. She is not picking her calls,” she recounts.
A boarding school was one of the buildings affected.
Eyewitnesses told Nigeria Info correspondents that some of the affected students as well as residents in other buildings have been taken to nearby hospitals.
“Immediately the explosion occurred, the chapel collapsed,” an eyewitness told Nigeria Info.
“Students were inside the chapel. Some were trapped underground. With the help of some people, we were able to rescue some people,” she said.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Emergency Agency (LASEMA) boss, Dr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu says people “should not panic.”
Speaking to correspondent Ijeoma Esek, the LASEMA DG insisted that the agency was “on top” of the situation.
“We have located the place. All the people that are trapped have been rescued. All the emergency respondents are on ground,” Oke-Osanyintolu noted.
Currently, officials of the Federal Fire Service and the Lagos State Fire Service are battling to put out the fire caused by the suspected pipeline explosion.
The Nigerian Navy fire truck is also at the scene assisting in fighting the inferno. Officials of the Nigeria Red Cross are also at the scene.
We will bring you more details soon…
Additional reports by Emetekefe Akpovwovwo, Kingsley Ndubuokwu and Ijeoma Esek