Abule Ado Blast: Victim narrates her ordeal
By Guardian Exclusive
17 March 2020 | 9:56 am
Gloria Nwachukwu narrates her ordeal to GuardianTV during and after the massive explosion as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the explosion was triggered after a truck hit some gas cylinders stacked in a gas processing plant near the corporation's pipeline in Abule Ado area of Lagos which rendered close to a hundred people homeless.
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