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EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT AND VIDEOS OF LAGOS GAS TRUCK EXPLOSION

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‘Apparently, at about 10pm last night (Thursday), a tanker laden with gas stopped on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja; in front of OPIC Plaza bordering Sheraton Hotel. The driver and his “busboy” came out, looked at the truck and took off on foot.

“The security guards at OPIC said they saw the gas leaking and because the place slopes downwards into OPIC Plaza compound, all the way to the back, that was the line of flow taken by the leaking gas.

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“At that time, some of the guards and people still there could perceive the odour of the gas and immediately tried to evacuate people from the building.

“A guest of the Chinese Restaurant on the Ground Floor of OPIC, had driven outwards to the gate of the Plaza and was asking if there was a robbery going on outside. He then reversed into the compound. Sadly, himself and the other occupant were caught in the explosion/fire.

“As the leaking gas got to the back of OPIC, where the kitchen of the Chinese restaurant was situated, it ignited and that caused the first explosion. It took out the back of the building and of course the entire restaurant, with some guests and staff still in there.

“As the fire raged, some people on the upper levels were also burnt.

“The tanker also exploded and burnt the OPIC gatehouse and some cars in the OPIC compound.

“Luckily, the petrol station next door was safe. I didn’t go into Sheraton to see what possible damage there may have been.

“Unfortunately, while I was there NEMA was putting three or four bodies found at the back into body bags. Apparently, there was still at least 1 corpse (a child) upstairs.

“About 15 people that had burns were evacuated, not sure how many fatalities though, but at least 6 by my estimate.”

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