The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has revealed that over 50 houses were destroyed in the explosion that rocked Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos on Sunday.
This was according to the acting coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye.
Farinloye said that the cause of the explosion and casualty figure were currently unknown as at the time of filing this report, while rescue operations are still going on in the affected area.
He said the resulting fire, from the explosion, later spread to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline passing through the area, although the pipeline has been shut down as a precautionary measure.
According to him, a combined team of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and the Nigerian Navy Fire Tender are currently battling to put out the inferno.
The explosion, which occurred at about 9.00 a.m. on Sunday caused unrest and confusion among Lagos residents after it shook many houses in Ijegun, Festac Town, Ago Palace and other communities in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area up to Agege, near Lagos.