The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says Sunday’s explosion which occurred at Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos State was not caused by a disruption of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline.
Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, said this in an interview on Sunday.
Farinloye said that contrary to information earlier put out on social media, the explosion which occurred at about 8.30 a.m. was not connected to pipeline vandalism.
Massive explosion rocks suburb in Lagos, South-West Nigeria
“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.
NNPC has also shut down the pipeline passing through the area as a precautionary measure after the oil company was notified of the incident.
Hundreds of buildings were affected by the explosion which was heard several kilometres away in areas such as Amuwo Odofin, Ijegun, and Agege. (VON)