More details have emerged from the Abule-Ado explosion in Lagos, with the causality rising to 20 on Monday, as many families continued to search for their missing relatives.
The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the new figure while speaking at the scene of the incident on Monday.
He said, “Fifty-seven persons were rescued and eight discharged from hospital. One is still at the Intensive Care Unit of the Naval Hospital. Three bodies were recovered this morning, bringing the number of casualties to 20.”
Among the dead were a newly-wedded couple, Emmanuel and Chisom Udoakonobi, billed to travel to Canada on Tuesday (today).
They were reportedly killed when the pillar of their building fell on their car.
Chisom was three months’ pregnant, the Punch reported.
The Chairman of the Abule-Ado Community Development Association, Obi Chikezie, his wife and their son also died in the explosion.
The son, identified simply as Joseph, was said to be planning his wedding when the tragedy struck.
A business partner of the late Obi, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the newspaper that he spoke with him hours before the explosion.
50 pupils of the Bethlehem Girls College were injured by the explosion, which rocked the community on Sunday.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had said the explosion was caused by a truck, which hit a stack of gas cylinders.
The impact of the explosion destroyed over 50 houses and many cars parked in the area.
Boarding pupils of the Bethlehem Girls College were trapped when the building, where a Mass was ongoing before it collapsed. The Principal of the school, Rev. Sr. Henrietta Alokha reportedly died while rescuing the schoolgirls.
More corpses were reportedly recovered from the rubble of the college building on Monday.
The school also lost two cooks, one of whom was identified simply as Irene, and a security guard.