President Muhammadu Buhari; Senate President, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan and the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Tinibu, as well as the Governor of Ondo state, have commiserated with victims, their families, and the Government and people of Lagos State, over the explosion that occured Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State on Sunday.
In a Tweet, President Buhari said: “I received with sadness the news of the explosion in Lagos, which caused loss of lives and properties. While the NNPC makes efforts to determine the cause of the incident, I send my deepest sympathies to the victims, their families, and the Government and people of Lagos State.”
The President of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has urged relevant authorities to fully investigate the cause of the sad occurrence, as a measure of avoiding a recurrence. Lawan said: “I received with sadness, the news of the explosion that occured this morning at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State. I commiserate with the victims and condole with all those lost loved ones in the incident. I also commiserate with the Lagos State Government over the tragic incident and sympathize with those who are injured and those who lost property to the inferno.” Lawan further prayed God to console the families of the bereaved.
A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu says those whose actions led to the sad occurrence must not go unpunished. In a statement by his Media Office, Tinubu said: “This tragedy should not have happened. Those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident did not deserve to die so gruesomely. I strongly condemn this incident. I commiserate with families and relations of those who died. I also sympathise with those who lost their valued property.
“In their memories and in order to avert similar occurrence in future, the authorities must get to the root of this incident and curb incessant explosions in the area. All those who had a hand in this explosion, including those who acted in ways to put lives at risk and hard-earned possessions in jeopardy, must be punished, no matter how highly-placed they may be.”
A statement by the Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, has expressed Governor Rotimi Odunayo Akeredolu’s sadness over the Abule Ado explosion. Akeredolu said the Prayers of the people of Ondo state, are victims of the sad event.
“Without prejudice to the outcome of a possible probe into this unfortunate incident, the loss of several lives and valuable assets to such an incident calls for deeper introspection, caution and endless vigilance. Sad occurrences of this nature, especially avoidable ones, can only be stemmed by our relentless and conscious efforts devoid of status. “To my brother Governor, Babajide, the good people of Lagos State and indeed victims as well as those who lost their ones, including property, the prayers of the good people of Ondo State are with them at this crucial moment of grief,” Akeredolu said in a statement.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 15 persons including a family of four lost their lives after an explosion rocked the Abule Ado Trade Fair axis of Lagos state. More than 60 students of the Bethlehem Girls College who sustained varying degrees of injuries were reportedly taken to the Nigerian Navy Hospital in Ojo Cantonment.