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24 Sep 2020 | 11:59 PM UTC

Nigeria: Tanker explosion in Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos injures 30 September 24 /update 1

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Tanker explosion in Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos injures 30 people on September 24; residual disruptions possible in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/24/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/26/2020, 11:59 PM (Africa/Lagos). COUNTRY/REGION Lagos, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos

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At least 30 people were injured on Thursday, September 24, after a fuel lorry exploded in the Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos. Emergency services responded to the explosion which destroyed several vehicles and nearby buildings. The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency stated that a faulty seal device in the vehicle led to gradual leakages, which then ignited when the tyres burst. Officials reported that at least 16 people suffered serious injuries with a further 14 given first aid treatment following the incident. The victims were taken to hospitals and the fire has since been extinguished. 

The explosion in Lagos comes after at least 25 people were killed in a similar explosion in Lokoja (Kogi state) on Wednesday, September 23.

Residual disruptions to transport amid clean-up operations are possible in the vicinity of the incident over the near term.  


Those in the Ifako-Ijaiye area of Lagos are advised to monitor the situation, avoid the vicinity of the incident in the near term, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.


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