The explosion that rocked the Abule Ado area of Lagos last Sunday has come and gone but the trauma will linger for a long time to come.
Some of the families still reeling from the effects of the tragedy are the Udoakonobi family from Isuofia and Aniakor family from Igbakwu all in Anambra State. Their children, Emmanuel and Jesofa, who were only son and only daughter, are victims of the explosion.
Mr and Mrs Emmanuel and Jesofa Aniakor wedded late 2018 in Festac, Lagos. Their wedding was well attended by the creme de la creme of the society.
Jesofa, nee Udoakonobi, was a first class graduate and worked in an oil company in Lagos. Her father, Mr. Vitus Udoakonobi, told NewsProbe that Jesofa worked even on Sundays but was on leave and did not go to work this particular Sunday when this incident happened.
“The couple were inseparable. They did many things together. If one of them had died, I’m not sure the remaining one would have survived it. My daughter was a shining light and she brought light anywhere she set her foot on. She brought light to her husband’s family. Her death is very painful, but I have left everything in the hands of God,” Mr Udoakonobi said.
The couple were doing well in their different endeavours until death came calling last Sunday. The man’s sister, Chinenye, who was living with them also died in the explosion. The only survivor is the man’s mother who went for early morning Mass that Sunday.
Recall that there was a devastating explosion last Sunday at Abule Ado in Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos. At least 20 people died in the unfortunate incident while over 50 houses, including Bethlehem Girls College were destroyed.
The Lagos State Government has set up a panel to investigate the cause of the tragedy which some claimed to be a pipeline explosion.