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Senate to probe Lagos gas explosion, seeks victims’ support


Scene of the gas explosion

The Senate on Wednesday directed its Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream and Gas), to conduct an investigation into the remote and immediate causes of a gas explosion at the Ladipo Spare Parts Market in the Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The explosion led to the death of five persons, including a 10-year-old boy.

The decision of the Senate followed the approval of a motion of urgent public importance moved by Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West).

The senator noted that there had been a recurrence of similar explosions in recent times in his senatorial district.

He said similar incidents happened in Abule-Egba (2016, 2018 and 2019), Ijegun (2020), Ile-Epo, Oke-Odo (2020) and Abule Ado (2020).

Adeola explained that Nigerians resident in all the densely populated areas where the explosions occurred lived in fear of not only losing property and investments, but their lives.

The Senate observed a minute silence in honour of those that lost their lives in the Mushin inferno.

The Senate directed the National Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to immediately send relief materials to affected victims and settle medical bills of those hospitalised.