Sunday’s explosion that ravaged a community at Abule Ado, a Lagos State suburb attracted commiseration with notable Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Ahmed Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.
Governors Olurotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command (WNC), Rear Admiral Oladele Daji; Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
They commiserated with the victims, members of their families, the people and government of Lagos State, describing the devastating explosion that claimed lives, properties and left many severely injured as unfortunate.
In message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, the President said the explosion, just like any other disaster in any part of the country, was a national tragedy.
He hinted that NNPC was already making efforts to ascertain the cause of the explosion, which affected one of its pipelines.
The statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with families who lost loved ones, and all those affected by explosion in Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, on Sunday (yesterday).
“The President condoles with the Lagos State government and all residents affected by the unfortunate incident, which left many injured and destroyed property.
“I have received with sadness the news of this unfortunate incident which caused loss of lives and property.
“A misfortune of whatever scale anywhere is a tragedy to the country, and while the NNPC makes efforts to determine the cause of the incident, I send my deepest and profound sympathies to the victims, their families, government and people of Lagos State.”
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Lawan seeks probe
Senator Lawan called for a thorough investigation to determine the cause and extent of damage of the explosion.
Commiserating with the victims and all those who lost loved ones to the incident, the Senate President also sympathised with those who were injured and those who lost property to the inferno, his spokesman Ola Awoniyi said in a statement.
Lawan commiserated with the Lagos State Government over the tragic incident and prayed to God to comfort all those who are affected and called on the relevant authorities and agencies to get to the root of the incident with a view to forestalling a recurrence.
Tinubu wants perpetrators punished
All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu condemned the explosion and commiserated with families and relations of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate occurrence.
In a statement his Media Office signed by Tunde Rahman, Asiwaju Tinubu, said all those who had a hand in the unfortunate incident must be punished no matter how highly placed.
He said: “This tragedy should not have happened. Those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident did not deserve to die so gruesomely.
“I strongly condemn this incident. I commiserate with families and relations of those who died. I also sympathise with those who lost their valued property.
“In their memories and in order to avert similar occurrence in future, the authorities must get to the root of this incident and curb incessant explosions in the area.
“All those who had a hand in this explosion, including those who acted in ways to put lives at risk and hard-earned possessions in jeopardy, must be punished, no matter how highly-placed they may be.”
APC lauds first responders
The All Progressives Congress (APC) commiserated with victims and commended the emergency response led by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the Fire Service and other agencies in quickly containing the incident and attending to the injured.
Its National Publicity Secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu said in statement: “The party deeply condoles with families and loved ones over recorded deaths, we also wish the injured a speedy and full recovery and sympathise with residents who lost property in the explosion.
“We are confident that the Lagos state government will implement measures to bring succour to the victims.”
Akeredolu condoles with victims, Sanwo-Olu
Governor Akeredolu condoled with the Lagos State Government and victims of the explosion.
His condolence was contained in a statement by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo.
Akeredolu described the incident as a sad development that reinforced the need for caution and vigilance on the part of all Nigerians irrespective of status.
He said: “Without prejudice to the outcome of a possible probe into this unfortunate incident, the loss of several lives and valuable assets to such an incident calls for deeper introspection, caution and endless vigilance.
“Sad occurrences of this nature, especially avoidable ones, can only be stemmed by our relentless and conscious efforts devoid of status.
“To my brother Governor, Babajide, the good people of Lagos State and indeed victims as well as those who lost their ones, including property, the prayers of the good people of Ondo State are with them at this crucial moment of grief.”
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Expressing sadness, called for calm as the state government began frantic efforts to ascertain the cause of the incident.
The Speaker commended the state government as well as relevant agencies for taking action following the explosion.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said everything should be done to avert the reoccurrence of such incident in future.
“My heart goes out to the people of Abule Ado, especially the victims of the explosion, in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area. I also sympathise with the people and Government of Lagos State over the incident
“May I call on all the agencies of government to do diligent work to ascertain the cause of the explosion to avert a reocurrence”
Fayemi identifies with Sanwo-Olu
Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi commiserated with the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and families of victims, residents and business owners who lost properties.
In a statement by his spokesman Yinka Oyebode, the Ekiti governor regretted the huge losses recorded during the early morning fire, urging the victims not to lose hope in the face of the disaster.
He also called on Nigerians generally to be conscious of safety of their environment, especially during this dry season.
The statement reads: “We commiserate with families that lost their loved ones as well as residents and business owners who lost properties worth several millions of naira to the fire incident.”
How it happened, by NNPC
No the NNPC, the early hours was as a result of gas explosion which occurred after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant located near the corporation’s system 2B Pipeline Right of Way.
In a press release signed by NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, the corporation explained that preliminary findings indicated that the impact of the explosion was so huge that it led to the collapse of nearby houses and damage to NNPC pipeline on which efforts are being made to curtail the resultant fire.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari and other top managers of the agency were on their way to Lagos last night for an on-the-spot assessment.
According to him, following the report of the explosion, the corporation quickly halted ongoing pumping operations on the Atlas Cove-Mosimi pipeline which was active at the time.
The release explained that NNPC had already mobilised its in-house combined team consisting of health safety environment experts, medical and security personnel from its nearby Satellite Depot in Lagos, even as Lagos State Fire Service was also rallied to extinguish the fire.
The statement said more fire firefighting personnel and equipment were mobillised from the NNPC Mosimi Area Office to provide extra fillip to the ongoing operation.
Assuring members of the public and residents of the affected communities to remain calm, the NNPC’s spokesman assured that the temporary shutdown of the petroleum products pipeline would not affect the normal supply of products to the Lagos and its environs.
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