Lagos Explosion: Over 50 houses destroyed says NEMA chief

Lagos blast wrecked more than 50 houses, says NEMA boss

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says more than 50 buildings were destroyed in the blast that rocked Abule Ado, close to the Trade Fair Complex on the Lagos-Badagry highway.

Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, affirmed the development in a interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.

Farinloye said that the reason for the incident and casualty figure were currently unknown as “rescue operations are as yet going on in the affected area”.

He said the resulting fire, from the blast, later spread to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline passing through the area, albeit however the pipeline has been shut down as a precautionary measure.

As per him, a combined team of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and the Nigerian Navy Fire Tender are as of now fighting to put out the inferno.

NAN reports that the blast, which happened at about 9.00 a.m. on Sunday caused panic among Lagos residents after it shook numerous houses in Ijegun, Festac Town and other communities in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area up to Agege, close to Lagos.