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Principal of Bethlehem Girls College dies in Lagos explosion

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The Lagos explosion on Sunday at the Ado-Soba axis of Abule-Ado, Amuwo Odofin LGA of Lagos claimed properties as the principal of Bethlehem Girls College Rev. Sr. Henrietta Alokha confirmed dead.

According to a report, Rev. Henrietta had tried saving the children under her care and went back to save more before the roof caved in on her.

Most of the students have been accounted for, with minor cuts and injuries, whilst some whose injuries were more severe are at the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Ojo, Lagos state.

The Bethlehem Girls College is a girls-only private, boarding educational institution situated at the Abule-Ado Festac extension end, spanning about 3.722 hectares.

It is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos and started its operation in September of 2012.

– The explosion not caused by oil pipeline vandalism – NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says Sunday’s explosion which occurred at Abule Ado, Trade Fair axis of Lagos State was not caused by a disruption of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline.

Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, Acting Coordinator, Lagos Territorial Office, NEMA, made the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Farinloye said that contrary to information earlier put out on social media, the explosion which occurred at about 9 a.m. was unconnected to pipeline vandalism.

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“From the information given by officials of the Lagos State Fire Service who are currently on the ground, the implosion is not connected to pipeline but might have occurred in a factory located in the Abule Ado area.

“Emergency responders are on the ground while others are still on their way to the scene. The situation is under control and we hope to get more information soon to ascertain its cause,” he said.

Farinloye said the NNPC had shut down the pipeline passing through the area as a precautionary measure after the oil company was notified of the incident.

He also confirmed that several buildings were affected by the explosion which was heard several kilometers away in many parts of the state including Amuwo Odofin, Ijegun, and Agege.

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