A mid-morning explosion on Sunday rocked the Abule Ado area of Lagos in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area.
Casualty figure could not be ascertained as press time, but the witnesses said the explosion shook buildings as far as Ijegun and Oke-Afa areas several miles away from the epicentre.
Nobody could say specifically the cause of the explosion, but residents of the area attributed it to a petroleum pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which ran through the area to the Ejigbo area of Lagos.
The explosion caused panic among residents who scampered to safety, while some who had left to their various worship centres rushed back home to pick the pieces of the belongings apparently thrown out be the explosion.
Witnesses said that several buildings were destroyed as a result of the impact of the explosion, but the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says the explosion which occurred was not caused by a disruption of an oil pipeline.
Ibrahim Farinloye, acting coordinator, Lagos territorial office of the agency, made the clarification in an interview with NAN in Lagos.
Farinloye said contrary to information on some social media platforms, the explosion which occurred around 9am, was unconnected to pipeline vandalism.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Farinloye added that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) shut down the pipeline passing through the area after the explosion.
He also confirmed that several buildings were affected by the explosion which was heard several kilometers away from the scene.