A gas pipeline at Magboro, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway, has reportedly burst open on Wednesday morning, December 16, leaving residents and travelers fleeing to safety.
As at the time of this report, the cause of the leakage is still unknown, however residents along that axis have fled from their homes for fear of a gas explosion.
Motorists and travelers are also afraid of plying that road for now, until the gas leakage is stopped.
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The initial death toll was 4, however the Director-General of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu stated that it has increased to 8, adding that they are still assessing the scene.
Addressing newsmen on the number of fatalities, He said,
“The explosion occurred and the agency activated a response plan. Initial disaster assessment is as follows: casualties still being assessed but eight fatalities have been identified so far. 25 houses that are mostly bungalows, 16 lock-up shops and one primary school have been affected.
“Firefighters and rescue workers are operating at the incident scene. The gas emission has been identified and curtailed. Damping down is ongoing.
“Post-disaster assessment will be carried out and further updates provided”