Nigeria gas explosion kills at least 17: emergency services

LAGOS— A gas explosion in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos killed at least 17 people, injured many more and

destroyed around 100 buildings, emergency services said.

Houses, lorries, cars and motorbikes were torched in the Sunday blast.

“17 bodies have been recovered now. So many people have been injured,”

national emergency services spokesman Ibrahim Farinloye said, adding that around 100 buildings were also destroyed in the explosion which was followed by a fire.

The blast happened at around 8:00 am (0700 GMT) destroyed around 100

buildings in the residential district of Abule Ado.

According to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) the blast

was caused by a truck that “hit gas bottles stacked up in a gas processing


“The impact of the explosion was so huge that it led to the collapse of

nearby houses and damage to an NNPC pipeline,” the company added.

“We are recovering dead bodies as we speak and putting them in bags,” said

local Red Cross official Adebola Kolawale.

“We have a school here and it’s a residential area. And we have a trade

fair here as well.”

In front of a crowd of onlookers, rescue workers sought to remove rubble

from a girls boarding school which has more than 250 pupils.

The school headmaster was killed in the explosion, as were a couple and their two sons who lived nearby.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement, described the incident as a national tragedy. He sent condolences to the families of the victims and Lagos state.

Pipeline and tanker truck explosions are common in Nigeria, where most

people live in poverty even though the country is the biggest producer of oil

on the continent, with around two million barrels per day.

Some incidents happen when residents try to siphon off oil or petrol from

pipelines or when tanker drivers have accidents on the country’s ill-

maintained roads.