Abule Ado: Lagos Gov’t, Buhari, APC, Senate And NNPC React

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock at the tragedy that occurred at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State on Sunday.

The president in a short statement said a misfortune of whatever scale anywhere is a tragedy to the country.

“And while the NNPC makes efforts to determine the cause of the incident, I send my deepest and profound sympathies to the victims, their families, government and people of Lagos State.”

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Also reacting to the tragic incident, Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has advised residents to make safety their priority.

The incident has left at least 15 dead with about 55 people sustaining some level of injuries.

The governor in a statement on Sunday by his Chief Press secretary, Gboyega Akosile, had ordered the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to immediately release protective equipment to the affected site to prevent any form of medical hazard such as respiratory infections by the residents who may unknowingly inhale toxic substances from the explosion.

The Governor noted that in a situation like this, there would be a lot of unhealthy substances, gas particulate matters that can affect people’s lungs.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) expressed its sympathy with the victims of Sunday morning pipeline explosion, which occurred at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government area of Lagos State.

The ruling party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, expressed shock over the explosion which resulted in several injuries and damage to property.

While commending the timely response by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the Fire Service and other agencies in containing the incident and attending to the injured victims of the explosion, Issa-Onilu stated that the party wishes the injured speedy and full recovery.

“We also sympathise with the residents who lost property in the explosion. “We are confident that the Lagos State government will implement measures to bring succour to the victims,” the APC spokesman said.

On his part, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, who commiserated with victims of the explosion and the Lagos State Government over the tragic incident and prayed to God to comfort all those who are affected.

Lawan also called on the relevant authorities and agencies to get to the root of the incident with a view to forestalling a recurrence.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that the explosion sprang from a truck that hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s System 2B Pipeline right of way.

This was revealed by the spokesman of NNPC, Dr. Kennie Obateru, in a statement. According to him,  preliminary findings indicated that the impact of the explosion was so huge that it led to the collapse of nearby houses and huge damage to NNPC pipeline.

He further said that following the report of the explosion, the corporation quickly halted ongoing pumping operations on the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline which was active at the time.

The corporation, therefore, urged members of the public and residents of the affected communities to remain calm, and assured that the temporary shutdown of the petroleum products pipeline would not affect the normal supply of products to the Lagos and its environs.

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