One dead, several injured as boat explodes in Lagos
A man identified as Emmanuel Omu was on Sunday confirmed dead, with several others injured following a boat explosion in Lagos.
Although the explosion was said to have occurred on Friday, the deceased was only recovered on Sunday by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The boat, belonging to Aquitien Oil and Gas, was said to have been engulfed in fire after its engine exploded while trying to refill gasoline at Capital Oil Jetty in Victoria Island
It was learnt that most of the boat passengers were rescued by volunteers immediately the incident occurred and taken to unknown hospitals in Lagos Island.
A relative of the deceased, Sunday Ezugha told The Nation on telephone that they have been looking for him since the explosion occurred but could not locate him.
He said the explosion happened between 7:45am and 8am on Friday.
Ezugha accused the boat owners, Aquitien Oil and Gas of abandoning the victims adding that all efforts to reach them since the mishap have been unsuccessful.
He however, refused to speak further because he was mourning Omu, adding “I am not in the position to speak for the family.”
When contacted, NEMA’s southwest spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye said the agency only got the information after a report was made on Sunday.
In another development, a man of about 30 years was on Sunday electrocuted at 20, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Ikeja.
The man, whose name is yet to be ascertained, was said to have been doing some plumbing work on top the set building at the instance of the company (car-dealer) occupying the premises before the misfortune.
He was said to have been at the deck and had another of his colleague, who raised the alarm before state fire service personnel were alerted.
When contacted, director, State Fire Service, Rasaq Fadipe said the electrocution may have been caused by a naked wire.
He said: “We used our ladder to bring him down but unfortunately, he was already dead. He was doing some plumbing work on top of the building when the incident occurred.
“Aside this rescue call, we also attended to four fire cases Saturday night. Let we reiterate my call on Lagosians to be cautious to reduce avoidable deaths and damages.”
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