The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu has raised a N2b relief fund to assist victims of the Abule Ado pipeline explosion. he has also raised a committee headed by his deputy Obafemi Hamzat with effect from Monday to look into the disaster and report in two weeks.
Sanwoolu said people are already willing to donate to the funds but his state will prosecute landlords of the area whose papers are not genuine.
Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu wants all those who caused the explosion in Lagos to be brought to justice as he mourns souls of the departed ones.
Asiwaju Tinubu said it was time Lagos put an end to incessant pipeline vandalism within her territory considering the collateral damage and loss of human life it has caused for the state.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Olusegun Odumosu told the media that an articulated vehicle laden with granite triggered the explosion.
The Group General Manager of the NNPC Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru in a statement said the truck hit cylinders Stacked in a gas processing plant located in the corporation’s system 2B Pipeline Right of Way explaining that the impact of the accident was huge to have caused the collapse of nearby houses.
Obateru also said NNPC had to stop work at the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline to reduce the outspread of the incident adding that top officials of the NNPC are in Lagos to assess the situation.
Lagos CP, Odumosu said 15 people lost their lives, 55 were treated at the naval facility while two persons who had traumatic brain injury are at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.
But the heroine of the sad incident is the Principal of the Bethlehem Girls College, Abule Ado, Rev. Sister Henrietta Alokha who after saving her students died when the roof of the hostel fell on her. The school buildings were badly damaged. We learnt that the Naval base is currently hosting the saved girls.
The Director General of LASEMA, Dr. Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyitolu in rounding up work last night confirmed recovery of 17 bodies and 25 causalities.
He said the raging fire had displaced several residents who fled their homes for fear of being caught up in the inferno adding that there were a number of secondary explosions which have caused significant damages to buildings including the leveling of a church to ground zero and the destruction of Bethlehem Girls Hostel.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu last night moved to the scene and has been receiving messages of condolences from all parts of the federation including that of President Muhammadu Buhari who also wanted a stoppage to incessant pipeline vandalisation.
The accident occurred at about 8:45 hours of Sunday morning when many residents of Abule Ado were also going to church. A family of four were said to have perished in the inferno as they were trapped in their car.
As at Monday morning, two more dead bodies were recovered from the debris while law enforcement agencies are having a hell of time with crowd control.
The Lagos Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat and his Health Commissioner, Prof. Akin Abayomi Monday Morning visited Abule Ado and the naval base where some of the saved people are staying.
- By Eniola Olatunji.