Three killed, 13 injured as gas tanker explodes in Lagos

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No fewer than three persons have been confirmed killed in a gas tanker explosion in the Ikeja area of Lagos State. Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, a spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), disclosed this on Friday.

The incident occurred on Thursday night after a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) tanker exploded at Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, affecting a plaza housing dozens of organisations. “The latest is that we just recovered three dead bodies this morning, which was beyond our expectation,” said Farinloye while giving an update on the incident.

He added, “Yesterday, we made a headcount and management officials of the plaza were around, officials of all the organisations using the plaza were around; only one boy was claimed to be missing and unfortunately, we could not trace the boy yesterday night. “Unfortunately, when we got there this morning, we saw three dead – one Mr Balogun who was the manager of the Chinese restaurant. He was recovered with two other personnel of the restaurant.”

The NEMA spokesman noted that the victims seemed to have made an attempt to escape from the building when the incident occurred. He explained that this possibly led to their death, while the boy said to be missing since Thursday night had yet to be found.

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