Four die in Imo gas explosion

A gas plant explosion in Owerri, Imo state has left four persons dead and several others injured in Orji, according to police source.

It was gathered that the incident happened on Monday at about 4:35pm in Orji, a suburb of Owerri, Imo state, Nigeria.

A police source from Orji Police Division says the explosion was from Okpokiri Petroleum Station, located beside and opposite two commercial banks. Stores and building close to the gas station were visibly damaged.

The source also told Punch news that four person have been confirmed dead. An eyewitness said those that sustained major injuries have been taken to the hospital for treatment.

Ochowotia, a Benue state indigene sent to work on the gas plant said they were sent from Abuja to fix the gas plant. He said: “We were working on it when the oxygen exploded and killed two of my colleagues.”

The 28- year – old survivor gave the names of his dead colleagues as Adeyemi Wasiu from Oyo State and one Maruf.

A senior police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not permitted to speak to the press on the incident, confirmed to our correspondent that four persons died in the explosion.

He said, “The gas plant exploded around 4 . 35 pm and before we could arrive at the plant , four persons already died . The survivors had been taken to the hospital .

“From our preliminary investigation , it was an explosion from a gas plant that was being worked on by artisans from Abuja.

“The two banks here and some cars were affected. The state Commissioner of Police Chris Ezike, has drafted more men to the scene to help us manage the situation.

“Several buildings around this place, including some people making use of the Automated Teller Machines , were affected. The situation is under control.”

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