Abule Ado explosion, everything you need to know

Abule Ado

First, it was the explosion. No one in Lagos, where the explosion happened, knew exactly what had gone off so loudly around 9 am on Sunday, March 15, and while a lot of us were alarmed by it, some of us, particularly Lagos Islanders, didn’t hear anything.

This makes sense because the explosion happened around the Abule Ado area in Festac, Lagos Mainland.


Several residential houses and a boarding school were affected by what was an implosion. Some said it was caused by a truck that ran its tires over a pipelineTwitter has been abuzz on this subject. Videos showing people running away from or taking cover from a thick, ascending smoke and news of students of Bethlehem Girls College being in the line of danger hasn’t stopped making the rounds.

After hours of speculations, theories, and presumptions, definitive information around the explosion has long since emerged and quite honestly, the reports haven’t been pretty. To begin with, someone has been confirmed dead. Reverend Sister Henrietta Alokha, Principal of Bethlehem Girls College, who lost her life saving the students under her care.

From infrastructural ineptitude to the possible harms the explosion might have caused, various iterations of the explosion have climbed steadily to the top of the Twitter trends. While many blamed the point of origin of the explosion on a vandalized pipeline, information received from officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, counters that speculation, as they say, it might have occurred in a factory located in the Abule Ado area. Fire incidents, explosions, and pipeline vandalism aren’t exactly news, yet they never stop happening, they never stop putting lives and properties in danger and sometimes taking those lives and destroying those properties.

The Lagos state government has responded with condolences toward the lives and properties lost and videos of governor Jide Sawanolu visiting the scene have surfaced. Reports on this devastating event are still emerging and it looks like it might remain a relevant conversation on the virtual space for a long time.


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