OPIC Plaza tanker explosion: Lagos Govt begins investigation


The Lagos State Government on Friday said it has begun investigation to ascertain the cause of Thursday’s gas explosion in front of the Ogun State Property Investment Company (OPIC) Plaza in Ikeja.

Mr Lanre Majola, Director General, Lagos State Safety Commission, made the disclosure on Friday while speaking with newsmen after inspecting the damage caused by the explosion.

Saga Gist had reported that three persons were killed while 13 others suffered varying degrees of injury after a Liquefied Petroleum Gas ( LPG) tanker exploded in front of the plaza.

No fewer than 24 cars were also destroyed, while a part of the building was severely damaged by the incident which occurred at about 10.32p.m on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja.

Majola said: “Our investigation is going on. At the end of the day, we will publish our report, and if we find out that anyone is liable, we will prosecute the person.

“We believe that bad practices cannot just continue in this country.

“Just to reiterate, we will complete our investigation, make it public and if we find out that there is any form of negligence by any means or firm or shape, we will certainly ensure that the law takes its course.”

He said the government recently held a meeting with stakeholders where the need to have very strict standards, especially with handling of gas, was emphasised.

Majola said the incident could have been avoided if the prerequisite safety standards were followed by the truck conveying the LPG.

“We have been told that the truck spilled its content. Ideally, every truck should have two safety valves.

“In the event that there is an external force, it will keep the content protected.

“Even if there is a little bit of escape, it won’t cause as much damage,” NAN quoted him as saying.

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