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In March 2020, the suburb of Soba, a residential neighbourhood in Lagos State, was shaken by a blast that killed 25 people and destroyed a girls’ boarding school. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said at the time that the explosion occurred as a result of a truck hitting gas cylinders near one of its petroleum pipelines. However, new evidence obtained by BBC Africa Eye, indicates that this official explanation is incorrect. New video evidence filmed at the explosion site five minutes before the blast, shows a catastrophic leak of vaporised liquid at the exact location where a high-pressure petroleum pipeline runs underground. The explosion also destroyed over 100,000 square metres of land.

At least 17 people died and scores of others suffered varying degrees of injuries in an explosion in Lagos on March 15, 2020.

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