A cooking gas explosion on Saturday at about 7.15am
occured at 19B Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, HFB Way, Lagos.
The house is the Lagos State residence of the Kogi
State Deputy Governor. Mr. Yomi Awoniyi.
The explosion was said to have been caused by a
leakage from the cooking gas cylinder.
Three occupants in the house, including Mrs. Awoniyi
were said to have been trapped, while the driver who
was outside washing cars was reportedly injured from
It was learnt that the four victims were later taken to
St. Maria hospital, Yaba hospital immediately they
A source said part of the building was badly damaged
and collapsed following the explosion.
But the deputy governor in a statement by his Chief
Press Secretary, Mr. Abu Micheal, said he and his
family were not affected by the cooking gas explosion.
He stated that he was not in Lagos as at the time of
The deputy governor said the domestic staff who has
some degree of burns and the driver who was hit by
part of the debris of the building are in stable condition
and are responding to treatment.
The South-West Zonal spokesperson, of the National
Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ibrahim
Farinloye told journalists that the agency was alerted
after the incidence.
He added that officials of NEMA including himself
quickly went to the scene.
According to him, they verified if victims were trapped
He said NEMA officials later evacuated the victims.
Farinloye said, “The building collapse was suspected
to have been caused by gas cooker explosion around
7:15 a.m this morning.
“The explosion and subsequent building collapse
affected three occupants, who were inside the building
at the time and the driver who washing the car
outside. Although no life was lost, the four injured
persons have since been evacuated to St. Maria
hospital, Yaba, for proper treatment.
“Currently, the Police Anti-Bomb Squad and Police
Disaster Management Unit are working on the site to
get to the root of the explosion.
“Afterwards, the Lagos State Building Control Agency
will move in to determine the next level of action to