Kunle Kalejaye 27 June 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Wednesday night’s double explosions that rocked the commercial hub of Apapa in Lagos has been traced to a female suicide bomber, contrary to reports that it was a tanker explosion, SweetcrudeReports has learnt.
The explosions, which occurred almost at the same time at the Folawiyo tank farm, claimed five lives.
A security source told SweetcrudeReports that the first explosion was caused by a female suicide bomber who forced her way into the Folawiyo depot, but was chased around by the security personnel attached to the depot before the bomb vest detonated.
Within minutes of the first explosion, the security source said, the second bomb this time loaded in a clean Toyota Sienna car, detonated close to a gas truck.
The source stated that due to the security and safety measures in-built in the gas truck, the effect of the explosive device did not penetrate to the content of the truck.
Another eye witness of the explosion, who simply gave his name as Tony, said the aim of the attack must have been to ignite several gas depots within Apapa and environs.
SweetcrudeReports also gathered that the explosion would have caused massive inferno and civil carnage in the Apapa area.
The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Mr. Kehinde Adebayo, had told reporters that the explosion was from a gasoline tanker.
When SweetcrudeReports visited the scene of the explosion, the wreckage of the Toyota car involved in the attack was seen close to the gas truck while casualties have been taken away in the early hours of Thursday.
The scene of the explosion also witnessed the presence of armed security men attached to the Lagos State Taskforce Monitoring and Enforcement and Counter Terrorist Unit, CTU.
Although journalists were denied access into Folawiyo depot premises, the management of the company issued a statement dissociating itself from the attack. A statement signed by the company’s media consultant, Muyiwa Adekeye, said the explosion did not happen on its premises.
The affected affected several buildings, including CMA CGM, Enterprise Bank, Life Sign Healthcare, Sobil House and DHL.