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Police, NEMA give contradicting explanation for Lagos explosion

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The explosion that took the lives of 4 persons in Lagos last night has been confirmed not to be an act of terror though the real cause remains unknown after conflicting reports from the Police and the National Emergency Management Authority.

The Lagos State Police Command, through its spokesperson, Ngozi Braide said that it was a fuel laden tanker that exploded.

She said, “There is nothing whatsoever suggesting that it was a bomb explosion, it was a tanker loaded with fuel that burst into flames. Policemen are on ground there now and we cannot yet ascertain the casualty figures. But everything is under control.”

However, contradicting the Police, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has claimed that the cause of the fire is due to a gas cylinder explosion.

Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA Spokesperson, South-West, said that the explosion occurred at 26, off Creek Road, Apapa at about 9:15 p.m. He said, “People were reported to be filling gas into the cylinder before it exploded. Fire service men from Federal and state are working to put out the fire that resulted from the explosion. Details will only come after the end of the operation. The incident happened within Folawiyo Energy Premises but they did not allow fire men into their premises at all.”

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