An explosion which would have resulted in tragedy has been averted. Reports says a gas pipeline owned by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) exploded along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The residents, traders, and motorists around Ibafo, Ogun state, have all been sent into a panic. Naijauto gathered that the gas pipeline was mistakenly busted by an excavator used for ongoing road work by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc., it caused a gas leakage and as a result, there was a traffic buildup on the road.
The Federal Ministry of Power, Works, and Housing had one of its project staff members speak to newsmen, narrating how the excavator operator saved the situation.
"We were using an excavator at the time, but we did not know that there is a pipeline running through that area. Suddenly, around 2pm, we heard an explosion, which lifted all of us off the ground.
Thank God for the operator of the excavator; he is our hero. He was the one who started using his equipment to pour sand on the spot to prevent a fire outbreak. He could have died while trying to save us but we thank God that we did not lose anyone.
We subsequently stopped the traffic to prevent a fire outbreak and we quickly called the appropriate agencies to put the situation under control."
The area where the explosion happened has been temporarily blocked off to motorists heading to Lagos.
If not controlled timely, the explosion might cause serious damages and injuries
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A resident named Omodasola Iyaniwura appealed to NNPC to fix the leaking pipe soonest.
"When we heard the explosion, we all took to our heels. Afterwards, we started experiencing peppery feeling in our eyes. We started praying to God to have mercy on us. We were all in a state of panic until the valve was closed from a substation.
it shouldn’t take them up to one hour to fix the problem, but in Nigeria as we know it, it may take up to one week. We are just imploring them to fix the pipeline as soon as possible to prevent a fire outbreak."
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun state command stated that NNPC has been contacted to respond to the situation.
According to the FRSC sector command, Clement Oladele, the sections of the road closed to motorists have been reopened to ease traffic. He also told motorists to comply with his team as they will be stationed there to facilitate the free flow of traffic.
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