Lagos — The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency boss, Dr Femi Oke-Osanyintiolu, has confirmed the recovery of 11 unidentified bodies at the scene of the petroleum pipeline explosion that rocked Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on its part, said over 50 buildings were destroyed in the explosion.
Rescue operation is in top gear at the scene of the explosion, which occurred around 9am on Sunday, reverberating several kilometres away from the point of action.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Oke-Osanyintiolu said several injured victims were receiving medical attention, some due to shock.
Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator of the Lagos Territorial Office of NEMA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Lagos that the cause of the incident is currently unknown.
But, he stated that the resulting fire, from the explosion, later spread to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline passing through the area, although the pipeline has been shut down as a precautionary measure.
According to him, a combined team of the Lagos State Fire Service, Federal Fire Service and the Nigerian Navy Fire Tender are currently battling to put out the inferno.
The the explosion, which occurred at about 9.00 a.m. on Sunday caused panic among Lagos residents after it shook many houses in Ijegun, Festac Town and other communities in the Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area up to Okota and Agege, near Lagos.