Friday, September 30

Pipeline explosion rocks Lagos on Christmas Eve under collapsing power line

A pipeline explosion was reported on Friday in Lagos at Isale Odo, LASU Road, in Alimosho Local Government Area of the state, although no casualty seems to have been reported as the explosion appears to have been contained.

According to NAN, the incident was confirmed by the Acting Coordinator, South West Zonal Office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, in a statement issued in Lagos.

Farinloye said the explosion was caused by the collapse of a 330KV Line which occurred within the axis earlier in the day.

What the NEMA South West Acting Coordinator is saying

Farinloye said the collapsed high tension line from Egbin Power Plant, Ikorodu, supplies electricity to Ikeja West which falls under the operational network of Ikeja Electric.

He said, “The electricity cable collapse led to sparks and the sparks got to spilled petrol around the area which led to the pipeline gutting fire and a subsequent explosion. The pipeline corridor have been known to have spillage often due to activities of vandals.’’

He noted that the fire was still raging but did not pose any threat to lives or property

He stated also that NNPC’s safety officials were on their way to the swampy location to put out the fire.

Farinloye said that officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps were already on ground monitoring the situation adding that officials of Ikeja Electric Plc. was trying to isolate the 330KV line, having been informed of the development.

What you should know

This is not the first time that such an incident is happening in the local government and its axis.

Recall that in October 2020, a tragic gas explosion occurred at the densely populated Candos Road, Baruwa, Ipaja-Ayobo, at Alimosho Local Government Area, with about 13 reported casualties, several people with injuries and destruction of properties worth millions of naira.