Ladipo gas explosion: Senate orders investigation

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The Senate has ordered an investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the gas explosion at Ladipo Spare Parts Market, in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos, which led to the death of at least 5 persons including a 10 years old boy.

This followed the passage of a motion of urgent public importance moved by Senator Solomon Adeola, APC Senator, representing Lagos West Senatorial district of the State, calling the attention of the Senate to yet another explosion in his Senatorial district resulting in fatalities.

The Senate directs its committees on Petroleum Downstream and Gas to investigate the explosion with a view to preventing future occurrences.

The senator, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro, noted that there has been a recurrence of similar explosions in recent times in the same area in his senatorial district as happened in 2016, 2018 (Abule-Egba), 2019 (Abule–Egba) 2020 (Ijegun) and 2020 (Ile-Epo, Oke-Odo), also in 2020 (Abule-Ado).

He stressed that Nigerians resident in all the densely populated areas where these explosions occurred, now live in fear of not only losing properties and investment as well as their lives and those of loved ones from these frequent explosions.

The Senate observed a minute’s silence in honour of the innocent Nigerians that lost their lives in the inferno and directed NEMA, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to immediately send relief materials to affected victims and offset medical bills of those hospitalised.