Gas explosion on Monday killed an attendant identified as Sani Adewale while refilling cylinder which caused scare among residence along Bosso road in Minna, the Niger State capital.
The incident occurred around 12 noon but was brought under control by the combined efforts of the police and fire service.
The shop, located near a second generation bank, had opened for the day’s business when neighbours heard a loud explosion.
It was gathered that whereas some were scared and started running away, those who were courageous to find out what was happening discovered the body suspected to be the owner of the shop scattered on the floor of the shop.
Investigation revealed that a combined security team and the state’s fire service amidst the uproar caused by the explosion, arrived the scene and cordoned off the part of the dual carriage Bosso road.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Bala Elkana confirmed the incident, saying that only the attendant was killed as the situation was quickly brought under control by the combined efforts of the police and fire service operatives.
Nigerian Pilot recalled that on Christmas eve, residents of the industrial town of Nnewi, Anambra State were thrown into mourning as over 100 people were reported to have been burnt to ashes in a fire disaster which occurred at Inter Corp Oil Limited (an LPG gas plant).
It was gathered that the inferno, which started about 11 am, was caused by an explosion which occurred when a truck attempted to discharge its contents without waiting for the mandatory cooling time while customers were said to be refilling their gas cylinders at the same time.
Those affected by the incident were people at the gas plant as well as neighbourhood and passersby.
It was learnt that the burnt remains and other badly burnt people were rushed to the Nnamdi Azikwe University Teaching Hospital, NAUTH, Nnewi, while the heavy inferno did not allow rescue workers gain access into the factory where the majority of the victims reported to be up to hundred, were trapped.
Apart from the lives lost to the inferno, many buildings and over 50 vehicles around the gas plant were equally affected and some dead victims were said to have been recovered from their homes.
When the fire fighters from Awka and Okpoko finally arrived, it took the intervention of the security agents to save them from being lynched by the angry mob who questioned why Nnewi fire service was not functional. A combined team from the army, Federal Road Safety Corps,, FRSC, police and vigilante had a hectic time dispersing the surging crowd.


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