Panic as pipeline explodes in Lagos

A pipeline explosion has rocked Royal Estate, Iyana Odo, along LASU-Igando road, in the Alimosho area of Lagos State.

Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the development.

He said upon arrival at the scene, a 330KVA transmission power line collapsed with its power cables spreading across the two lanes of the Major Road Inward and outward Igando-Idimu road.

“A pipeline explosion also occurred several metres away from the collapsed transmission power line. The Transmission company of Nigeria ( TCN) was contacted and their team, led by the GM in person of Engr. Ajiboye carried out an inspection.

“They were able to determine that the impact from the pipeline explosion affected the Power lines which subsequently led to collapse of the Powerline.

“Significant personnel and resources have been mobilised to move in to restore normalcy to the area. All Police formations and LASTMA covering that area have been contacted to create diversion for all vehicles coming from LASU, Iyana Iba inward Ikotun and Idimu to LASU-Iyana Iba. The NNPC maintenance crew has also been contacted. Operation is in progress”, he said.

Oke-Osanyintolu, however, said there were no casualties.

On his part, the Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Mrs Adeseye Margret, who also confirmed the incident, said, “We are aware and on top of the situation at Baruwa pipeline fire explosion.”

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