…NNPC says explosion from gas processing plant

     … 17 confirmed dead, over 50 houses destroyed

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sympathised with victims of the Abule\Ado explosion in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, on Sunday.

President Buhari in his twitter handle expressed shock at the tragedy which many has described as a black Sunday.

Orient Energy Review had earlier reported that the explosion led to the death of over 17 persons and destroyed more than 50 houses.

The blast, according to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), was caused by a human error from a gas processing plant at Abule Ado.

“The statement read: “I have received with sadness the news of this unfortunate incident which caused the loss of lives and property.

“A misfortune of whatever scale anywhere is a tragedy to the country, and while the NNPC makes efforts to determine the cause of the incident, I send my deepest and profound sympathies to the victims, their families, government and people of Lagos State.”

The Corporation, in a statement, stated that the blast occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B pipeline right of way.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed that at least 15 bodies have been recovered and efforts are ongoing to rescue victims trapped under caved-in structures.

Principal of Bethlehem Girls, Proprietress of Lindaves Schools, husand and about-to-wed son die

The Principal of Bethlehem Girls College, Rev. Sr Henrietta Alokha lost her life in the explosion while rescuing her students, while the owner of Lindaves schools, her husband and son whose wedding was fixed for April 18 also lost their lives in the explosion.

Alokha was said to be rescuing some students who were trapped in the boarding school, but died after the roof of the educational facility fell on her.

The Director-General Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, 17 people died and 25 injured in the explosion.

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