One dead, scores injured in Lagos boat explosion

by S’ola Filani

A boat explosion occurred on Friday night, which left scores of passengers with varying degrees of injuries and a victim dead, on the Lagos Island.

The boat belonging to Aquitien Oil and Gas, which took off from V-Craft Jetty Lekki Phase 1, exploded at Capital Oil Jetty, Victoria Island, while trying to refill petrol.

Confirming the incident, the South-west spokesman, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, said the corpse was recovered yesterday, although other injured passengers were receiving treatment at different hospitals on Lagos Island.

He said: “A case of boat explosion that occurred, August 15, was just reported to NEMA today (yesterday).

“Several injured passengers were immediately rescued by volunteers and taken to different hospitals on Lagos Island.

“The boat which was said to belong to Aquitien Oil and Gas, took off from V-Craft Jetty Lekki Phase one and while trying to refill petrol at Capital Oil Jetty at Victoria Island, the engine exploded.

“Sunday Ezugha, a relative of one of the missing passengers, Emmanuel Omu, called and narrated that the owner of the boat Aquitien Oil and Gas could not be reached since the incident occurred.

“Earlier reports indicated that he was rescued and taken to the hospital but we later found out he was dead when his corpse was recovered from the water.”

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