The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says Sunday’s explosion at Abule Ado was not caused by vandalism of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline.
Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, clarified that the explosion that occurred around Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos State on Sunday morning was not as a result of vandalism or disruption of the pipeline.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos 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.
“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.”
The NNPC had shutdown the pipeline passing through the area as a precautionary measure after the oil company was notified of the incident, Farinloye said.
He also disclosed that several buildings were affected by the explosion which was heard several kilometers away in many parts of the state including Amuwo Odofin, Ijegun, and Agege.