Not fewer than 17 bodies were on Sunday afternoon recovered, even as 25 casualties were rushed for emergency treatments following injuries sustained, in the Lagos Abule-Ado pipeline explosion.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu who confirmed this while putting the incident under control, also sympathise with the families of those that died, while wishing the injured ones quick recovery.
He appealed for calm and urged residents of Abule-Ado to shun fake news concerning the explosion.
“We the LASEMA Response Team arrived at the incident scene and it was discovered that a raging fire had displaced several residents who fled their abodes for fear of being caught up in the inferno.
“The primary cause of the explosion is yet unknown.
“There are a number of secondary explosions which have caused significant damage to multiple buildings including the leveling of a Church to the ground and the destruction of St. Margaret’s Girls Hostel.
“The causes are yet to be determined, while security agents are investigating the cause of the explosion,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
Oke-Osanyintolu said recovery and rescue activities were carried out by the Ministry of Special Duties, LASEMA, Lagos State Fire Service crew, Federal Fire Service Department, Safety Commission, Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and other first responders.
He was however quick to point out that operation was still in progress, adding that updates would continue through the course of operation, while investigations remain ongoing.