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CROSS RIVER Police Command has
confirmed three persons dead and 10
in critical condition due to Friday’s gas
policeeecylinder explosion at the Central Bank of
Nigeria, CBN, in Calabar.
Mr. John Eluu, the state Police Public
Relations Officer, PPRO, disclosed this on
Saturday in an interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
Eluu said 20 members of staff of the
bank were injured in the explosion, which
occurred at about 11:00 a.m., while two
others were in critical condition.
“As of yesterday, being Friday, 20 CBN
staff members were injured and two were
in critical condition immediately after the
gas explosion.
“We have been monitoring the situation
closely and I can confirm to you that three
of the victims are dead, while 10 are in
critical condition.
“Investigation is still ongoing to unravel
the cause of the explosion.
“We will continue to monitor the victims
as we pray for their survival and quick
recovery’’, he said.
The PPRO dismissed the rumour in some
quarters that the explosion was a detonated
bomb blast by Boko Haram insurgents.
“I wish to say categorically that the
explosion was not a bomb blast by Boko Haram insurgents as it is being rumoured
in some corners.
“Our men from the Explosive Ordinance
Department were on ground at the scene
of the accident.
“Their investigation shows that it was
a gas cylinder explosion from one of the
units in the building that caused the blast”,
he explained.


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