Principal, 16 others killed, 50 houses razed in Lagos gas plant explosion

No fewer than 17 persons have been confirmed dead and 25 others injured after a gas explosion rocked the Abule-Ado area, near the International Trade Fair Complex, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State on Sunday.

More than 50 buildings in the area were impacted by the explosion, as hundreds of residents were rendered homeless.

Several vehicles parked in the area were also destroyed by the explosion.

Boarding pupils of the Bethlehem Girls College were trapped in the wreckage of their hostel, as residents and sympathisers pulled them out of the rubble.

Punch learnt that the Principal of the college, Rev. Sr. Henritta Alokha, lost her life while attempting to rescue the pupils.

Punch correspondents were told that the explosion occurred around 9am after a truck hit some gas cylinders in a gas processing plant.

The gas plant was located near the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s System 2B pipeline’s right of way.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said 17 people were confirmed dead, adding that 25 were injured.

The Public Affairs Officer of the agency, Nosa Okunbor, said there was a series of explosions, which started around 9.05am.

He stated, “The incident, which recorded 17 dead and 25 injured, destroyed property estimated to worth hundreds of millions of naira, with unquantifiable devastation to other assets, as well as the environment.

“Aside these, people in their hundreds have suddenly become displaced in an incident in which two LASEMA response teams, as well as the Lagos State Government Fire Service, the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigeria Police and other first responders were in full attendance.”

“Seventeen bodies have been recovered, while 25 injured persons are being treated on site,” he added.

The National Emergency Management Agency said it recovered 15 corpses, including a family of four.

The spokesperson for the South-West, Ibrahim Farinloye, said a couple and their two sons were among those who died in the explosion.

He said they were on their way to church when the incident happened.

According to him, no fewer than 60 pupils of the Bethlehem Girls College, who sustained varying degrees of injury, were taken to the Nigerian Navy Hospital in Satellite Town.

Farinloye said over 50 buildings, including the college and a popular hotel, were damaged by the explosion.

 

 

– Punch

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

2 Responses to “Principal, 16 others killed, 50 houses razed in Lagos gas plant explosion”

  1. Very painful.may their souls test in peace.

  2. Crying for the victims. RIP to victims.

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