• Lagos State Floats 2bn Relief Fund
  • Multiple Casualties

The blast on Sunday morning left a shattered Abule–Ado, Amuwo-Odofin in Lagos, South West Nigeria. The pictures and videos from the tragedy were in the news and social media space filled with condensate spewing from nowhere, purplish fire mushrooms, smoke, craters of inferno, sorrow and death.

It seemed like any picture of bombed out civilizations in the Middle East! The blast was heard 11.6 kilometers away in Ago Palace Way.  From the epicenter of the blast outward in a one-kilometer radius, shattered windows and windscreens, broken concrete wall, debris from roofs, trading areas, fifty buildings including the Bethlehem Girls College. The boarding school had lost its heroic principal, Rev. Sister Henrietta Alokha who reportedly lost her life while rescuing pupils in her care. The Director-General Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, had said seventeen people died and 25 injured in the explosion.

In his statement on his social media wall which has been shared over 500 times, His Excellency, Governor of Lagos State, Babjide Sanwo-Olu matched actions with words as true leaders do world over in times of grief. “I spent sometime today at the site of the tragic incident at Abule Ado. To give immediate relief and support to the victims of the disaster, I have set up a N2 billion Relief Fund to be chaired by Dr. Obafemi Hamzat. The state government has put in N250m into the fund immediately.

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