By John Ofikhenua, Abuja
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has declared the reported explosion, which rocked Abule Ado Area of Lagos State within the early hours Sunday was because of gasoline explosion.
It stated the gasoline explosion occurred after a truck hit some gasoline cylinders stacked in a gasoline processing plant positioned close to the company’s system 2B Pipeline Right of Way.
In an announcement by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, the company defined that preliminary findings indicated that the impression of the explosion was so large that it led to the collapse of close by homes and injury to NNPC pipeline on which efforts are being made to curtail the resultant fireplace.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, and different high Management of the company departed to Lagos on Sunday night for an on-the-spot evaluation on the scene of the incident.
According to him, following the report of the explosion, the company shortly halted ongoing pumping operations on the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline which was lively on the time.
The assertion defined that NNPC had already mobilised its in-house mixed staff consisting of Health Safety Environment consultants, Medical and Security personnel from its close by Satellite Depot in Lagos, at the same time as Lagos State Fire Service was additionally rallied to extinguish the hearth.
It stated extra fireplace firefighting personnel and tools have been mobillised from the NNPC Mosimi Area Office to supply further fillip to the continuing operation.
While assuring members of the general public and residents of the affected communities to stay calm, the NNPC’s spokesman assured that the short-term shutdown of the petroleum merchandise pipeline wouldn’t have an effect on the conventional provide of merchandise to the Lagos and its environs.
He stated the hearth, presently burring at managed situation, was being fought headlong, saying a element evaluation of the incident was underway to determine the extent of harm to the pipeline.
Kyari commiserated with the victims of the incident, praying that God supplies them succor at this hour.