Multiple Explosions: Ogun Seals 2 Gas Plants

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The Ogun State gov­ernment has sealed two gas plants in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital while some outlets were also barred from dispensing gas as another explosion hits Abeokuta, the fifth within 10 days.

The incident, which oc­curred barely 24 hours after two lives were lost in an explosion that hit the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, left two other persons seriously injured.

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On Wednesday, another explosion happened at the Conference Hotel, Abeokuta, owned by the former Gover­nor Gbenga Daniel.

On Friday, there was a heavy sound which had ef­fects in some parts of the State capital like Ita-Eko, On­ikoko, Adigbe and Onikolobo but was later confirmed that the explosion was from On­ikoko area.

The explosion occurred at the yard of the CSCC construction company at Onikoko area, not far from the Onikoko fire service and the Navy School.

The effect of the blast was felt in a secondary school op­posite the yard as a teacher was reportedly injured while many nearby properties were destroyed.

Our correspondent, who visited the scene of the latest incident on Friday gathered that it was an industrial gas belonging to the construction company kept in its garage that exploded.

An iron splinter from the exploded gas cylinder flew to about 200 metres inside St. Leo’s College, Onikoko, hitting the teacher.

Reacting to the incidents, the Commissioner for Special Duties, Femi Ogunbanwo, and Special Adviser to the governor on Environment, Ola Oresanya, confirmed that two persons were in­jured.

The duo who addressed stakeholders on the incident said the government was compelled to honour and investigate the causes of the explosion in the state capital.

Addressing newsmen af­ter the stakeholders meeting, Oresanya said the state gov­ernment has sealed off an in­dustrial gas retailing depot at Omida, a gas plant at Idi-Ori in Ewekoro local government and many outlets.