One year after early morning explosion rocked Soba community in Abule Ado area of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos State, killing scores and destroying properties worth billions of naira, victims are still groaning in pain.
This is even as the Soba Community Development Association, CDA, has sued the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, for what it described as negligence that caused the disaster.
The committee set up by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, however, vehemently dismissed insinuations that the explosion was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, otherwise known as bomb.
The NNPC had, shortly after the incident, said the explosion and fire were caused when a truck rammed into gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant near a vandalised petroleum gas pipeline. This claim has been disputed by both residents and environmental experts.
Recall that on Sunday, March 15, 2020, the state, and indeed, the entire nation, were thrown into mourning as a result of the tragic incident.
The explosion which did unimaginable damages to the community has greatly altered the lives of the people.A visit to the community by Sunday Vanguard revealed that most of the surviving victims are yet to fully recover from its aftermath. (Vanguard)