The pipeline explosion which rocked the Abule Ado community of Lagos State in the early hours of Sunday and affected the Bethlehem Girls College also killed the school’s Administrator.
The Principal of Bethlehem High School Rev. Sr Henrietta Alokha has died in the Lagos explosion that rocked the Abule-Ado area of the state after making efforts to rescue some students of the school.
In a statement signed by Bro Vincent Iwueze, Alokha rescued all the children under her care from the fire but could not make it herself.
The statement reads:
Bethlehem High School is one of the three schools affected by the explosion that happened around 8 am on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
Earlier videos that captured the students of the boarding school being evacuated from the scene of the explosion went viral.
“@ambode44: The Children from Bethlehem school, just beside the point of Explosion had to be whisked over the Fence, many Injured. @Gidi_Traffic #Abuleado Pipeline Explosion, Festac pic.twitter.com/8lUvul1j2n
— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) March 15, 2020
According reports from eyewitnesses, Reverend Sister Henrietta Alokha, the Principal of the school was inside the building saving the students who were trapped in the building.
The appropriate authorities are yet to reveal if any student died in the building. However, eyewitnesses say Sister Henrietta succeeded in rescuing all the students before the roof of the collapsing building eventually fell on her.
Bethlehem Girls Boarding School in Festac Students running, some of them are bleeding with injuries & few reports of Death.
Call any Parent you know that has a child there & pray for safety pic.twitter.com/uQJu9MpxtR
— King Nonny (@Zaddy_nomso) March 15, 2020
Many took to social media to mourn her death as she has been labelled the heroine of the black sunday.
I just read that Bethlehem College, Abule ado is a boarding school with kids now injured in the pipeline explosion in Lagos. It’s sad that we keep writing about reoccurring preventable tragedies. It’s unforgivable for our kids to pay for our inefficiencies pic.twitter.com/MJyezSRUoCs
— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) March 15, 2020
Below is a footage of how some buildings that are miles away from the explosion got affected.
The effect of the explosion this morning. Apart from car windshields, windows from houses were brought down. Festac region, Abule ado is really not Ok at the moment. Sunday morning in Lagos. pic.twitter.com/LHwfj6lvmi