The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, has said that emergency workers rescued three more dead bodies in the Abule-Ado area of Lagos.
Oke-Osanyintolu made this known in an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday after a recuse operation on Monday.
According to him, search and rescue activities are ongoing, the response teams recovered three bodies from the scene on Monday; bringing the total fatalities to 20 and additional 32 casualties.
“We rescued 57 people; with 47 discharged; while 10 are still receiving treatment for minor and major injuries.
” The incident scene remains active; Julius Berger and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) have joined efforts in the rescue process; while the fire has been extinguished finally on Monday.
“The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) teams are repairing the damaged pipelines.
” We urge residents to be calm, keep away from the scene; and to refrain from sharing “fake news” to the public.
“A help desk has been set up in the area for people trying to trace anyone missing; or those in need of temporary shelter at the LASEMA relief camp Igando.
“Enumeration of damage to property, assets and vehicles is ongoing as at Tuesday in Abule-Ado area of Lagos,” Oke-Osanyintolu said.
He further explained that Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu, has constituted a committee to supervise all efforts in the area; with the Deputy Governor, Dr Kadiri Hamzat and the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Bamgbose-Martins co-chairing the committee.
Oke-Osanyintolu, however, appealed for calm once again; as well as urged Lagos residents especially people in Abule-Ado to cooperate with emergency responders; to enable them complete the recuse exercise as soon as possible.