Henrietta Alokha, an administrator at Bethlehem Girls College, Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos state, gave her life for her students in the explosion which occurred at Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos State..
A mass celebration was reportedly ongoing in the school when the incident happened and Alokha was among those who assisted trapped students to escape from the scene but when it was time for her to leave, she could not make it out alive.
A Catholic priest, who was also involved in the rescue operation, was killed by a pillar which fell when part of the building caved in.
The students were trapped in the boarding school during the fire outbreak that followed the explosion.
It is understood that a few students also lost their lives in the incident.
NAN reported that at least 60 students who were rescued were taken to the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital at nearby Satellite town, for treatment.
The National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) had on Sunday put the death toll at 15.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said on Sunday that a truck which hit gas cylinders around the corporation’s pipeline right of way triggered the explosion.
Many houses were destroyed while vehicles got damaged.
The Odic Plaza, a motor parts mall and warehouse, Bush Bar Hotel, Green Horse Plaza which houses tyres, Arch Angel Catholic Church, Chino Plaza with many goods in it, and a mechanic village, all located inside the Trade Fair Complex, Ojo, were all hit by the explosion.