No fewer than 15 persons were injured and several cars and property destroyed following a gas tanker explosion on Thursday at Iju-Ogundimu, in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The Acting Zonal Coordinator, South West Zonal Office, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the development.
The incident, which occurred at a gas plant located around Iju Hills and close to Grailland, occurred barely 24 hours after a petroleum tanker exploded and killed over 20 persons at Felele, in Kogi.
The loud explosion which erupted into thick smoke had shaken the entire Iju area with thousands running for their dear lives.
Farinloye said the Lagos incident occurred at 3.05p.m. when the gas tanker, which was trying to enter Cerato Gas Plant located in the area, suddenly went up in flames.
He said: “16 vehicles, two tricycles, two gas tankers, an event centre and one church building was destroyed.
“Also damaged were; a block industry and an attached office, a cement store and a sawmill and several stores where building materials are being sold.
“The people injured were immediately taken to the Water Works Clinic. 15 people were admitted there.
“Two that were critically injured have been referred to the General Hospital. Three are presently on admission and are being observed.
“The remaining 10 had minor injuries and have been discharged.”
Farinloye said NEMA promptly alerted other emergency responders including the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency , Lagos State Fire Service , the Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps
“The response was swift and the fire has been extinguished. Some of the injured persons told us that they immediately jumped into a nearby canal which was filled with water as it rained today.
“That is one of the major reasons that there was no fatality,” he said.
When the DAILY BELLS visited the scene, the tanker had been shattered with its various parts blown off into different directions.