The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that 15 persons died and several others were injured in the early hours of yesterday in an explosion at Abule Ado, in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Safety Record gathered that the incident occurred at about 8.45 am, and seriously damaged no fewer than 50 buildings.
Similarly, many students in a nearby girls’ hostel belonging to Bethlehem International Catholic School were said to have sustained injuries and taken to hospital.
Bethlehem Girls College is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.
The Principal of Bethlehem Girls School, Rev Sister Henrietta Alokha, reportedly died in the explosion on her way to the hospital.
The effect of the explosion which was felt as far as 15km away, reverberated and shook the foundations of many buildings across the state.
Many plausible reasons have been given for the explosion and the resultant fire.
While some residents claimed it could have been caused by a bomb, two government agencies, NEMA and the Lagos Fire Service earlier said it was an “implosion” and not an explosion.
“The implosion is not connected to the pipeline but might have occurred in a factory located in the Abule Ado area,” the agencies said.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) also could not state the actual cause of the explosion.
At press time, National Emergency Management Agency NEMA and Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, LASEMA, could not ascertain the actual cause of the explosion but said the investigation was still on-going.