Gas explosion in Abule Ado was caused by too much pressure on pipeline – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Monday March
16, disclosed that the gas explosion witnessed in Abule Ado community
of Lagos State on Sunday March 15, was caused by too much pressure on the
Southwest Coordinator of the agency, Ibrahim
Farinloye debunked claim of the gas explosion being as a result of a
bomb blast or Improvised Explosives Devices (IED). Farilonye told newsmen that
preliminary security analysis showed that an eight-tonne truck laden with core
stone and parked on the pipeline, exerted too much pressure on it. Fuel which
escaped from the pipeline after the pressure stayed on overnight, saturated the
atmosphere, formed a whitish substance and exploded.
Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the
Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Maikudi Shehu also backed claims of the
explosion not being caused by a bomb or an IED.
He said;
“I can tell you that there was no IED there. The
blast was not caused by IED. I am still expecting the report of findings from
my officers to know exactly what happened.”
Also recounting how the incident occurred, a
resident of the community said the truck got stuck on the pipeline overnight.
An eyewitness said;
“The truck stayed there for so long and with its
weight on the pipeline, the fuel in the pipe which is about eight-foot deep was
trying to force its way out. That was how a smoke-like substance started
forming from under the truck and soon developed into a cloud that covered the
entire area and then the blast.”
This is coming after the management of the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said gas cylinders which were
stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s system 2B
Pipeline Right of Way caused the explosion after being hit by a truck.

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