Another gas explosion has rocked Abeokuta, Southwest Nigeria, injuring two people.
The explosion, which rocked the capital of Ogun state on Friday, May 21, Platforms Africa reports, is the third suffered by the city in four consecutive days.
The explosion occurred barely 48 hours after one person was killed and another injured in a gas explosion on Wedenesday May 19, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library on Thursday, and about 72 hours after two people were killed by another gas explosion on Tuesday, May 18, at the Conference Hotel owned by a former governor of Ogun state, Gbenga Daniel.
The Friday’s explosion occurred at the CSCC construction yard at Onikoko area of Abeokuta where two people were seriously injured while three vehicles were also destroyed.
It was gathered that the injured victims were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention.
The explosion occurred from a cylinder filled with gas but not in use.
It affected many buildings on the Onikoko -Adigbe axis, vehicles and a teacher in a classroom at St. Louis College, Abeokuta.
The Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Femi Ogunbanwo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Kehinde Onasanya, and some other officials of the state, swiftly visited the scene of the incident to assess the level of damage.
Meanwhile, the state government has stopped sale of industrial gas to avert further explosions.
Ogunbanwo made this known during a stakeholders’ meeting in Abeokuta.
The commissioner said that the state government had put a temporary stop to sale of industrial gas in the state, as a result of multiple gas explosions in recent times.
Ogunbanwo said that all major stakeholders were expected to abide by the directive, warning that anyone selling adulterated gas products or violating safety protocols would face the full wrath of the law.
He said that Gov. Dapo Abiodun had been in consultations with relevant agencies of government and the Nigeria Police Force to investigate and bring to book those engaging in sharp practices that could cause gas explosion.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Dr Ola Oresanya, described the incident as ugly, urging that it must be nipped in the bud.
Earlier, a team consisting of Ogunbanwo, Oresanya and some other government officials visited scenes of gas explosion and some gas plant outlets.
This led to sealing of two gas plants in Omida and Idi-Ori in Abeokuta.