Five persons including a five-year-old have lost their lives to the pipeline explosion in Abule Egba area of Lagos State, the Director-General, Lagos Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, has said.

Speaking with newsmen in Lagos on Monday, Oke-Osanyintolu explained that the agency had contained the fire that erupted from vandalised NNPC pipeline in the Ekoro area of Abule Egba around 8 pm on Sunday.

He said that as at 8a.m on Monday morning, the fire had been put off after several hours of intense firefighting by the combined teams of Lagos Fire and other agencies. “We were informed by 8.30p.m on Sunday and by 11.30p.m, we have contained it.” LASEMA had recorded five fatalities, three adult males, one adult female and one female child aged five-year-old. A total of 20 people were treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene while 150 people including children are displaced. “Buildings affected at Ile Epo Ekoro Road, Alimosho Local Government Area include a storey building at No 18 Musa Erimo Street, four houses at Joel Nnadede Street.

“The houses are on No. 7, a storey building, No. 20, a bungalow, No.1A, bungalow and No. 2, a bungalow. “Also at Hamed Sodiq Str., No. 8, bungalow, No. 4, bungalow, No. 2, two-storey building and at NNPC power line road, No. 45, bungalow, No. 47, bungalow, No. 49, bungalow were also affected by the explosion,” he said.

He said that 17 attached shops along Pipeline communities as well as 33 vehicles, three cars and three tricycles (Keke) were also affected by the explosion. Oke-Osanyintolu said that having contained the affected area at 11.30p.m, LASEMA team had commenced an enumeration of the vehicles and property that were involved. The LASEMA boss appealed to motorists to remain calm and to report suspicious activities to curtail the instances of these unfortunate incidents.

Peace Obi

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