The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has reacted to the explosion which occurred on Sunday morning at Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos State.
Reported had it that a suspected pipeline explosion rocked Abule Ado on Sunday morning, leaving many houses and vehicles destroyed.
However, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), NEMA acting coordinator, Lagos territorial office, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye said the explosion was not caused by a disruption of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline.
Farinloye said that contrary to information earlier put out on the social media, the explosion which occurred at about 9 a.m. was unconnected to pipeline vandalism.
“From the information given by officials of the Lagos State Fire Service who are currently on the ground, the implosion is not connected to pipeline but might have occurred in a factory located in the Abule Ado area.
“Emergency responders are on the ground while others are still on their way to the scene. The situation is under control and we hope to get more information soon to ascertain its cause,” he said.
Farinloye said the NNPC had shut down the pipeline passing through the area as a precautionary measure after the oil company was notified of the incident.
He also confirmed that several buildings were affected by the explosion which was heard several kilometers away in many parts of the state including Amuwo Odofin, Ijegun and Agege.
KanyiDaily had published several videos circulating the social media showing how students of Bethlehem Girls Secondary School were whisked away over the fence after the explosion.