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LASEPA identifies possible causes of gas emission

The Lagos State Government said none of the 13 school children of the Ogba Junior Grammar School, Lagos, who fainted on Thursday after a gas emission sustained life-threatening condition from the incident.

General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Rasheed Shabi, who visited the school on Friday, said his agency had identified  two possible sources of the gas emission.

PUNCH had on November 1, 2013, reported how 22 pupils of the same school fainted after inhaling a gaseous substance.

He said, “In a preliminary investigation, we identified a store with storage of carbide and a poultry beside the school. You know the chemical composition of poultry droppings can produce gas.

“We are looking at these as possible causes but our investigation will be inexhaustive. We will release our report next week.” Asked if the same investigation was done after the 2013 incident, he said the photographic store that was identified as the cause of the emission at the time still remained locked up.

Shabi said the investigation of the 2013 incident had not ended but that it was clear the store which was considered as the source of the gas at the time did not cause the latest incident.

General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr.  Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, also told Saturday PUNCH on Friday, that all the stakeholders concerned with the case had commenced investigation.

He said, “I don’t think we should preempt investigation. Risk assessment and gas analysis are being conducted in the area at the moment.

“We don’t want to be political about this issue. A lot of hypothesis is being generated but we have to be empirical in this matter. The main thing is that we are thankful that none of the pupils affected sustained a brain damage or any serious health issue.”

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