Residents scamper for safety as explosion rocks Lagos, at least 15 people died

Nigerian Navy Hospital Affected In Lagos Explosion

Buhari Condoles With Victims Of Lagos Explosion

Principal Of Boarding School Around Lagos Explosion Site Injured

The fire is spreading fast and residents are now packing out of their homes
A pipeline just exploded in Abule Ado area. Festac Extension. Many people experienced Window shattered and even roof removed

The pipeline explosion destroys properties in Festac area. It's disheartening that Bethlehem College in Abule ado which is a boarding school with kids is also involved in the pipeline explosion.

The explosion rocked the entire Festac, Abule-ado, Satellite areas.  Many houses had shattered with glasses, roofs, ceilings ripped off.

More than 50 buildings are affected including the Nigerian Navy Referral Hospital, Ojo, Lagos.

The explosion caused damage to upper part of the hospital.

"There were substantial damage done to the ceiling in the hospital," said spokesperson for Western Naval Command, Lagos, Commander Thomas Otuji.

The hospital also received over 55 victims from the incident as it was revealed that 36 school children suspected to be of Bethlehem Girls College were also admitted for treatment.

"The hospital attended to 55 persons made up of 36 school children and 19 adults.

"One of the adults had about 35 per cent mixed degree burns with inhalation injuries and pulmonary edema.

"Seven other adults and two children are on admission in the wards while two other adults have traumatic brain injury and were referred to LUTH for neurosurgical intervention.

"The remaining 43 have been treated and discharged. Unfortunately, three people were brought in dead, two females and a male," Commander Otuji said.

Nigerian President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) has sent his condolences to victims of Lagos explosion.

The explosion that rocked Abule Ado area of Lagos and environs on Sunday morning led to the death of over 15 persons.

Buhari, who expressed his thoughts via Twitter, said, "I received with sadness the news of the explosion in Lagos, which caused loss of lives and property. 

"While the NNPC makes efforts to determine the cause of the incident, I send my deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and government and people of Lagos State."

The Principal of Bethlehem Girls College, a school located around the site of an explosion in the Abule Ado area of Lagos on Sunday, has been declared injured.

The school was among over 50 buildings destroyed by the explosion and attendant fire.

Eyewitnesses told SaharaReporters that a reverend father and sister, believed to be the principal of the school, were injured when the building caved in after the explosion.

Victor Obanor, an eyewitness, who claimed to have helped some of the injured pupils get to the hospital, confirmed to our correspondent that the woman was the principal of the school.

While over 15 bodies have been found across various parts of the explosion scene already, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mele Kyari, was in Lagos for an on-site assessment of the Abule Ado explosion.

Arrived Lagos to make spot assessment of the explosion that also ignited NNPC product pipeline fire

Kyari, in a post on Twitter, revealed that he was currently in Lagos to visit the site. "Arrived Lagos to make spot assessment of the explosion that also ignited NNPC product pipeline fire," he tweeted.

Pipeline explosions and tanker truck accidents are common in the country, where most people live in poverty even though the country is the biggest producer of oil on the continent, with around two million barrels per day. Some incidents happen when residents try to siphon off oil or petrol from pipelines or when tanker drivers have accidents on the country's ill-maintained roads.

Source: GIDITRAFFIC , Sahara Reporters, AFP

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