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Lagos explosion death toll reaches 23

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The death toll in last weekend’s explosion in Abule-Ado area of Lagos has increased to 23 after one of the survivors died on Saturday.

The victim, a female, died at the Igbobi Orthopedic Hospital where she had been receiving treatment.

The Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the woman’s death to journalists on Saturday night.

He said: “Situation report regarding the explosion at aforementioned location which occurred on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Update as at 6:00 p.m. on March 21.

“We regret to report that the fatality rate from the above incident has climbed to 23 with the death of a female victim who had been receiving treatment at the Igbobi Orthopedic Hospital.

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“A revised total of 500 people have been displaced from their homes and 100 of them have been accommodated in the LASEMA relief camp.”

“Our help desk remains manned and personnel are always on hand to manage inquiries and arrange transfer to the relief camp for those rendered homeless by the explosions.

“We appeal for calm and urge members of the public to keep off the scene and to be law-abiding.”

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