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Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by ikorodureporta: 2:11pm On Sep 21
BBC Africa Eye On Lagos Explosion: New Evidence Contradicts Official Explanation

New evidence obtained by BBC Africa Eye contradicts the official explanation for the cause of an explosion which killed 23 people and destroyed a girls’ boarding school in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the country’s state-owned oil firm, claimed the explosion occurred as a result of a truck that hit gas cylinders near one of its petroleum pipelines.

But new evidence indicates this official explanation for the cause of the blast, that decimated over 100,000 square metres of Lagos, is incorrect.

The blast occurred in Soba, a residential neighbourhood of Lagos on March 15th 2020 at 8:56 am.

New video evidence filmed at the explosion site, five minutes before the blast, shows a catastrophic leak of vaporised liquid at the exact location where the NNPC high-pressure petroleum pipeline runs beneath the ground through that area.

The BBC found there was no gas processing plant at the explosion’s epicentre. Moreover, analysis of gas cylinders found at the site after the blast indicates they could not have been at the centre of the explosion when it happened.

Three specialist engineers – experts in LPG gas safety, in petroleum pipeline safety, and in explosions analysis – who have examined video footage all confirm the huge leak of vapourised liquid could not have come from gas cylinders.

Eyewitnesses the BBC heard from corroborate this.

None of them mentioned gas cylinders or saw a collision.

But four of them independently said the leak was coming out of the ground beside the heavily laden truck.

New evidence

The evidence the BBC has uncovered indicates the heavily laden truck stopped on an eroded, unsurfaced road that had been softened by rainwater. This could have pressured the pipeline to breaking point, releasing a cloud of vapourised flammable petroleum product that ignited.

But petroleum pipeline safety expert, Dr Ambisisi Ambituuni, told the BBC the System 2B pipeline network has: “been in existence for way over the lifespan of the pipeline”. He asked: “How is it so difficult for the operator to maintain the safety of those pipelines?”

After watching the film, Ebun Olu Adegboruwa, human rights activist & senior lawyer says: “Incidences of fire disasters have become commonplace for Lagosians. It just more or less reiterates the need for the government to be responsive and to hold accountable those who are working in the sector in terms of maintaining global best practice in their operation.”

Akinbode Oluwafemi, Environmental Rights Activist and Executive Director, Corporate Accountability & Public Participation Africa says: “My first ask is that, for the first time, the government should sit down to watch this documentary and set up an independent panel on pipelines explosions in Nigeria and use this as a case study. Lagos State government too needs to start thinking how do we protect the people from these serial explosions.”

The NNPC were contacted and denied the pipeline was inadequately protected, reaffirmed their explanation for the explosion’s cause, and said there was no leakage prior to the explosion. They also said: “NNPC pipelines comply with safety and regulatory guidelines” and that they: “worked closely with the Lagos State Government in providing a N2bn relief fund for the victims of the explosion”.

The film will air in Nigeria on Monday 21st September on NTA at – 22:00 GMT (with repeat on NTA News 24) and ABS Anambra at 19:00pm GMT.

It will also be aired by TVC on Sunday at 22:00 GMT and Liberty TV – at 16:00pm GMT.

Source: https://dailytrust.com/bbc-africa-eye-on-lagos-explosion-new-evidence-contradicts-official-explanation


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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Nbotee(m): 2:20pm On Sep 21
Hmm
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by olaolulazio(m): 5:53pm On Sep 21
NNPC sabi lie na grin

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by chukwuibuipob: 5:54pm On Sep 21
sad
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Perfecttouchade: 5:54pm On Sep 21
Ok
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by BIZNess123(m): 5:54pm On Sep 21
So Nigerian journalist we're waiting for BBC abi...

they can't conduct theirs

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Abboki: 5:54pm On Sep 21
embarassed
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Beno3: 5:54pm On Sep 21
You love how the foreigners live safely but you can't apply simple safety protocols to imitate them...

The worst is that Nigerian leaders can't man up to tell Nigerians the truth. angry

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by doctor306(m): 5:54pm On Sep 21
undecided
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by AmazingELixir: 5:55pm On Sep 21
lipsrsealed

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by kstyle2(m): 5:55pm On Sep 21
Not surprised

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by diggindeep: 5:55pm On Sep 21
Findings...
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by austine4real(m): 5:55pm On Sep 21
sad sad



Nigerians don't care
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by 0taPiaPia(m): 5:55pm On Sep 21
In whatever you do, another eye dey watch you cool

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by chloride6: 5:56pm On Sep 21
Its law suit time...

It may take forever but they will get due compensation.

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by oluwazoba25: 5:56pm On Sep 21
Why God
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by BennyDGreat: 5:57pm On Sep 21
We need to really place premium value on lives in this country

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by ODJ124(m): 5:57pm On Sep 21
our journalist should sit up....

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Pipefitter: 5:57pm On Sep 21
Anytime I remember this it breaks my heart. My friend perished in that explosion with his 2weeks old wife, father, mother and many others that lived with them, his brother even came back from the U.S because of the marriage. Attached is the remain of their mansion and the school (Lindaves school) belonging to the father. Government should make sure all expired lines are serviced to make sure this doesn't happen again. RIP Onyedikachi Iyooh.

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Inspiration007: 5:57pm On Sep 21
Maintenance culture in this country is zero

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Karlovich: 5:57pm On Sep 21
The dullard is a terrorist
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by adebayo201: 5:58pm On Sep 21
Hmm
Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Racoon(m): 5:58pm On Sep 21
Imagine an external news media doing investigative journalism to unearth the mystery surrounding the unfortunate Abule Ado explosion more better than our local media.What an embarrassment to this nation.

I guess the insensitive government, NNPC, Nigerian print & electronic media should apologise to this nation.

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by superCleanworks(m): 5:58pm On Sep 21
Funny. It is very funny how NO LIVES MATTER in this country.

see how they are playing us like lawn tennis. going back and front with the truth and responsibility.

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by LOVEGINO(m): 5:59pm On Sep 21
"Make I tell u Wetin happen for Abule"

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by deedeemob(m): 5:59pm On Sep 21
Naija and propaganda, just for the nnpc not too look incompetent in the safety of pipelines, they had to lie to the populace that a truck caused the explosion. This is the height of incompetence. Someone/people need to be punished for this happening. RIP once again to the people who lost their lives.

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by DMerciful(m): 6:02pm On Sep 21
Nig govt lying to Nigerians

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Badonasty(m): 6:03pm On Sep 21
With the way things are unfolding in NNPC...I think it should be privatized as Atiku talk

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by tamdun: 6:05pm On Sep 21
U wonder why some people call it bomb, even me self ague am say gas pipeline no pass that area

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Re: Abule Ado Pipeline Explosion: BBC Report Contradicts NNPC Claims by Funjosh(m): 6:06pm On Sep 21

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