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Many Injured, Buildings Collapse As Explosion Rocks Lagos

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Many people have been injured following an explosion in Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State on Sunday.

The cause of the explosion, the casualty figure and the number of buildings affected could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.

The Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Emergency Management Authority, Nosa Okunbor confirmed the incident and said a team is heading to Abule Ado for investigation.

Pipeline explosion was suspected but he advised that speculations should be avoided.

Two fire service trucks had arrived the scene of the explosion but the fire was yet to be put out, residents said.

They added that many people have been injured.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says the explosion was not caused by  oil pipeline vandalism.

Ibrahim Farinloye, acting coordinator, Lagos territorial office of the agency, made the clarification later in an interview with NAN in Lagos.

Farinloye said contrary to information on some social media platforms, the explosion which occurred around 9am, was unconnected to pipeline vandalism.

He said, “From the information given by officials of the Lagos State Fire Service who are currently on ground, the implosion is not connected to pipeline but might have occurred in a factory located in the Abule Ado area,” he said.

“Emergency responders are on 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.”

According to him, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) shut down the pipeline passing through the area after the explosion.

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