Explosion Rocks Kogi State Deputy Governor’s Residence In Lagos

 

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A cooking gas explosion on Saturday at about 7.15am

occured at 19B Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, HFB Way, Lagos.

The house is the Lagos State residence of the Kogi

State Deputy Governor. Mr. Yomi Awoniyi.

The explosion was said to have been caused by a

leakage from the cooking gas cylinder.

Three occupants in the house, including Mrs. Awoniyi

were said to have been trapped, while the driver who

was outside washing cars was reportedly injured from

the explosion.

It was learnt that the four victims were later taken to

St. Maria hospital, Yaba hospital immediately they

were rescued.

A source said part of the building was badly damaged

and collapsed following the explosion.

But the deputy governor in a statement by his Chief

Press Secretary, Mr. Abu Micheal, said he and his

family were not affected by the cooking gas explosion.

He stated that he was not in Lagos as at the time of

the incident.

The deputy governor said the domestic staff who has

some degree of burns and the driver who was hit by

part of the debris of the building are in stable condition

and are responding to treatment.

The South-West Zonal spokesperson, of the National

Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ibrahim

Farinloye told journalists that the agency was alerted

after the incidence.

He added that officials of NEMA including himself

quickly went to the scene.

According to him, they verified if victims were trapped

underneath building.

He said NEMA officials later evacuated the victims.

Farinloye said, “The building collapse was suspected

to have been caused by gas cooker explosion around

7:15 a.m this morning.

“The explosion and subsequent building collapse

affected three occupants, who were inside the building

at the time and the driver who washing the car

outside. Although no life was lost, the four injured

persons have since been evacuated to St. Maria

hospital, Yaba, for proper treatment.

“Currently, the Police Anti-Bomb Squad and Police

Disaster Management Unit are working on the site to

get to the root of the explosion.

“Afterwards, the Lagos State Building Control Agency

will move in to determine the next level of action to

take.”

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