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Akure Explosion: 13 persons hospitalised.

At least 13 persons have been rushed to the hospital after a deadly explosion hit Akure, Ondo State, on Saturday morning.

The impact of the explosion destroyed houses and tore major roads apart.

A truck carrying explosive items to a quarry was said to have triggered the blast.

Residents of the affected area are currently in disarray over the incident.

Government officials have visited the area and are currently ascertaining the level of damage.


Akesan Fire Disaster: 3 Feared Dead

…over 1,000 shops destroyed in the inferno

Three persons are feared dead in Oyo town on Sunday as fire razed more than 1,000 shops in the popular Akesan Market and destroyed property and goods worth millions of naira.

The market is the main commercial centre of the town that houses the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo. All the shops in the market were destroyed by the inferno. NobleReporters learnt

3 feared dead as fire razes over 1,000 shops at Akesan Market in Oyo town

Three people among protesters at the office of fire brigades in the vicinity of the market over failure of the fire service to contain the fire were allegedly shot dead by the police. The office of the fire service, according to sources, is about 20 metres to the market.

Sources stated that firefighters were helpless when the fire outbreak occurred as their fire fighting equipment did not function. But fire brigades were mobilised from Ibadan and Ogomoso, the state capital, arriving the scene with functioning equipment after substantial havoc had already been wrecked.

A source from the secretariat of the state fire service in Ibadan confirmed that the fire service office in Oyo town has been vandalised by the aggrieved residents, while men of the Nigerian Army and their counterparts from the Nigeria Police Force have been mobilised to the area.

But the Police Public Relations Officer for Oyo State Command, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, has said police did not kill anybody as being speculated, saying: “Contrary to widely spread news on the fire incident at Akesan Market in Oyo town, there was no single shot from the Police personnel in Oyo.

“Police personnel were deployed immediately to the scene to prevent hoodlums from capitalising on the situation to loot shops and property in the area. Concerted efforts are being intensified to prevent the breakdown of law and order.”

Those who have shops in the market were said to have rushed to the scene, but the fire was of such intensity that they could not move close enough to their shops to salvage anything from the market.

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has visited the market, during which he appealed to traders and people of the town to remain calm. The monarch, who expressed sadness over the incident, said the damage was too huge for the people to bear. He noted that such a fire disaster was unprecedented in Oyo town.

Secretary, Oyo Global Forum, Taiwo Adebayo, in his reaction to the inferno, said: “We condemn this failure of government service. But of more concern is the disproportionate use of force in response to angry residents who were protesting at the gate of the fire service near Akesan in Oyo. We sympathise with our people, particularly men and women trading at Akesan. It is a sad way to start the year.

“In due course, we will be demanding that Oyo State Government should compensate the traders and rebuild the market, while also enforcing stricter safety standards across the state. We will also not allow the police to get away with the killings in Oyo.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has expressed sadness over the devastating fire that gutted the ancient Akesan Market.

In a tweet, the Minister wrote, “The news of the inferno that destroyed the popular Akesan Ancient market in Oyo just got to me. I am deeply saddened by this disaster so early in the year and extend my condolences to all those affected. I will visit shortly and work with the state government to bring relief.”

While sending condolences and sharing in their loss, Dare stated that the importance and purpose of Akesan Market as a major market with a huge economic impact in Oyo State and Nigeria at large cannot be overemphasised, describing the fire as a great disaster.

Also, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, consoled with Oba Adeyemi over the early morning inferno that razed the Akesan market, describing the incident as disastrous.

“I received with great shock the news of the early morning fire outbreak that had wreaked great havoc on the ancient market in Yorubaland. As much as I share in the grief with our father, the Alaafin of Oyo, and all sons and daughters of the town, I pray that this kind of unfortunate incident will never happen again.

“Akesan Market is the central and major market in Oyo with a rich history. Oyo has never witnessed this monumental loss, because the market is our heritage and it is part of what makes Oyo town the centre of culture and tradition. I know the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, will respond to the incident, by doing a thorough investigation in order to unravel the causes of the mystery behind the midnight inferno.”


Casualties after small plane crashed in maryland

(CNN)One person was killed after a small plane crashed into two homes in Lanham, Maryland, on Sunday, officials said.

The crash occurred shortly before 3 p.m. ET, Mark Brady, lead public information officer for Prince George’s County, said on Twitter.
The airplane struck a carport attached to a single-family home, Brady said. The plane burst into flames, igniting a car and damaging the home and the one next door.

Plane Crash final U/D from #PGFD just before 3 pm small aircraft struck attached carport of single family home then struck automobile with both plane & car catching fire. Small fire in house attic. Home was not occupied. 1 person on plane declared deceased on scene

The Prince George’s County Fire Department released video of the aftermath showing damage to two homes and what appears to be pieces of the plane on the ground.
One person on the plane was declared deceased on the scene, Brady said. The home was not occupied at the time of the crash, he added.

The crash happened about three miles south of the College Park Airport, FAA spokesman Jim Peters told CNN.
The FAA and NTSB said they would conduct an investigation.


Ogun: FRSC confirms 3 casualties in Lagos-ibadan car accident.

…17 numbered persons involved in the accident

The Ogun State Command of Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) on Saturday, December 28th confirmed that three persons died while three others sustained injuries in an accident that involved a vehicle around Lufuape, near AP Turning Point, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Clement Oladele, Ogun Sector Commander of FRSC, in Ota, Ogun, said that the lone accident happened at about 3.47 p.m. on Friday. Oladele explained that a Toyota Hummer bus, with registration number KSF 272 XM, lost control due to speeding and rammed into road divider of the construction area.

According to him, 17 persons comprising of four male adults, 10 female adults and three children were involved in the accident which led to the death of two female adults and a female child.

The corpse of the victims have been deposited at the morgue, Idera Hospital, Sagamu while the survivors are also receiving treatment at the same hospital,” he said.


FRSC confirms death of 3 after truck, motorcycle clash on Lagos-Abeokuta expressway.

…one injured

The Ogun Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Friday said that three persons died while one person sustained injuries in an accident involving a truck and a Bajaj motorcycle around Toll-Gate on Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

Mr Clement Oladele, Sector Commander of FRSC, told the media in Ota,Ogun, that the accident happened at about 12.59 p.m. on Thursday, NobleReporters learnt

Oladele explained that the truck with registration number, KRD 72 XY, had brake failure and rammed into the Bajaj motorcycle, marked AKM039 UP, conveying two female passengers who were just disembarking from the bike.

The sector commander said that five persons, comprising 3 male adults and two female adults, were involved in the accident.

According to him, a passerby died instantly while a female passenger later died after getting to the General Hospital, Ota.

“The corpse of the victims have been deposited at the General Hospital, Ifo, and the only survivor was receiving treatment at General Hospital, Ota,” he said.

The FRSC boss also said that the sum of N72,930 recovered from the scene of the accident have been handed over to the victims relations.

Oladele commiserated with the family of victims and prayed that the Lord will grant them the fortitude to bear those losses.

He, however, enjoined motorists to drive cautiously with absolute concentration and give consideration to other road users, noting that some of the crashes were avoidably caused by non adherence to traffic rules.


Hospitals in Delta accommodate many as bloody clash begins in the state.

…many people injured

A fresh crisis, which broke out on Saturday at Uzere community under Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State has left over 20 persons brutally injured and battling for life at various hospitals.

Members of the community especially youths engaged themselves in a violent clash that fateful day over N20m donated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, operators of the Oil Mining Lease 28.

SaharaReporters gathered that the fresh crisis was also as a result of some community issues relating to fines and the setting up of a parallel marriage committee by an exiled leader of the community and a top government official at the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission to enable them conduct marriages for two of their supporters.

It was gathered that after the crisis last weekend, some youth were attacked during a peace meeting on Monday.

Narrating the fresh crisis to SaharaReporters, an indigene, who does not want his name mentioned, said, “The weekend crisis happened when some community leaders approached one of the supporters loyal to a top management official of the DESOPADEC and one of our exiled community leader to pay a fine imposed on him if not he will not be allowed to organise his marriage billed for last weekend with a warning to the community’s marriage committee not to conduct the marriage.

“Efi, the supporter, ignored all warnings to pay his N150,000 fines before the party, and he put a call to the DESOPADEC official and the exiled leader to report the situation of things to them.

“A parallel marriage committee was set up which conducted the weekend ceremony for Efi and another of the DESOPADEC official and the exiled leader with tight security to counter any attack.

“As soon as the ceremony was over and guests and security left the community, a bloody attack was launched on the other faction belonging to the DESOPADEC official and the exiled leader, recording over 20 casualties with bullet and cutlass wounds.

“Some were taken to trado-medical homes to extract bullets while others to hospitals at Ughelli, Oghara and UBTH.”

When our correspondent visited Oleh Police Station, the Divisional Police Officer, CSP Na-Allah Mohammed, was seen mobilizing personnel to the troubled community to guard against a break down or law and order.

The DPO declined comment when our correspondent approached him.

When our correspondent contacted the Public Relations Officer for the police in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, she failed to respond to a text message sent to her on the matter.


3 died, 4 injured in lagos-ibadan express way accident

The Ogun Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Wednesday said that three persons died while four others sustained injuries in an accident that happened around Kara Market on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The accident occurred at about 11.00 p.m. on Tuesday, NobleReporters learnt

The sector commander said that a Mazda bus, with registration number JJJ-417-XX, lost control due to speeding and, in the process, somersaulted into the bush.

He said that 14 people, comprising eight male adults, four female adults and two female children, were in the bus.

According to him, two female adults and a female child died, while four others sustained various degrees of injuries.

He said the corpse of victims were deposited at the State Hospital, Sagamu and FOS morgue in Ipara, Ogun while survivors also received treatment in private hospitals close to the scene of the accident.

The FRSC boss enjoined motorists to drive cautiously and shun any wrongful overtaken to avoid unnecessary crashes.

Oladele also admonished them to drive cautiously around those sections being rehabilitated on the expressway.


Abducted lecturer speaks from Boko Haram’s captivity about Leah Sharibu.

…Leah Sharibu is still alive.

Bitrus Bwala, a lecturer at the College of Education in Gashua, Yobe state disclosed that Leah Sharibu is alive as he spoke from captivity in a newly released video.

The lecturer who spoke in video shared by Ahmad Salkida (a journalist known to have access to Boko Haram) begged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Christian Organisation of Nigeria (CAN) to help him and the other captives regain their freedom.

Leah Sharibu is still alive ? Lecturer abducted by Boko Haram speaks from captivity (video)

Bwala also confirmed the death of four out of five abducted aid workers of Action Against Hunger (AAH) who were recently killed by the insurgents.

He said;

“I am a principal lecturer with College of Education, Gashua, Yobe state. I was on my way to my station on the 27th of November 2019 that I was abducted.

“I appeal to the federal government to come to our aid. As you can see behind me are fellow Christians who were arrested on various points. I equally appeal to Christian association to do whatever is within their reach in order to rescue us because when we came, we saw some workers here, particularly workers with food organisation, however, shortly, they were executed.

“We also saw that the government has not done enough that is why Leah Sharibu is still with this group. We, therefore, appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari.”


Insurgency: Operation set to degrade Boko Haram terrorists – CAS

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, says the service has fully begun air operation code named “Operation Rattle Snake’’ to finally wipe out remnant of Boko Haram insurgents in the North East.

Abuabakar stated this on Wednesday during an operational visit to the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), 105 Composite Command in Maiduguri.

He said the visit was to appraise the progress of the operation, interact with personnel and encourage them in the execution of the air campaign against the insurgents.

“The idea of the operation Rattle Snake is to further deal with the issue of terrorism in the northeast and give necessary support to the ground troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) and Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

“From the briefs; I am happy with the progress so far made, we have identified a number of targets, neutralised them and it will continue.

“The rate of efforts now is much more than what we used to have in other operations. We have quite a number of airplanes and many more will be deployed to support the operation.

“The idea is to take full advantage of the situation on ground to degrade Boko Haram insurgents and ensure a secured country,” Abubakar said.

NobleReporters culled that NAF on Dec. 10 launched the operation Rattle Snake against Boko Haram terrorists hibernating in the fringes of Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad basin.

The campaign targets selected locations in the region to further degrade remnants of the insurgents.


Boko Haram killings of soldiers was the Fab of the outlawed IPOB.

The Nigerian Army says the recent video clip allegedly released by Boko Haram terrorists portraying capture and killing of some Nigerian soldiers was the fabrication of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Wednesday said that the video was not an occurrence that took place in Nigeria.

He urged the public and personnel of Nigerian army, especially those in the North East theatre of operation, to disregard the video.

According to him, it is a video concocted to cause disunity and fragmentation of Nigeria.

“Accordingly, the call by one Simon Ekpa, (the principal actor in the clip), calling on soldiers of South East extraction presently serving in the North East to desert the Army and return to Biafra proved it.

“Also, the call on South Easterners not to join the Nigerian Army is an obvious indication of the essence and objective of the masterminds of this fake video which should be discountenanced by the public.

“Meanwhile the leadership of the Nigerian Army wish to also reiterate its unflinching commitment to sustain the war against terrorism.

“It shall not be deterred by the evil machinations or propagandist activities of mischievous persons whose main interest is the disunity of our beloved nation,” he said.

NobleReporters recalls that a video purportedly released by the terrorists portraying the stage showing the capture and killing of some Nigerian soldiers by the terrorists group went viral on social media on Tuesday.


Presidency frowns at death of 67 soldiers in Niger.

…expressed Nigeria’s solidarity with the government

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday condemned the terrorist attack in Inates, western region of Niger Republic, near the Mali border, which resulted in the killing of 67 military personnel, with 34 people still unaccounted.

Expressing deep shock and sadness over the heinous and despicable attack by terrorists that reportedly crossed in from neighboring Mali, President Buhari expressed Nigeria’s solidarity with the government and people of Niger Republic in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Stressing Nigeria’s strong condemnation of this terrorist act, President Buhari reaffirmed the resolve of his administration to continue working closely with countries neighbouring the Sahel and the Sahara, as well as international partners, to defeat the roving terrorists creating havoc in the sub-region.

”On behalf of myself, the government and people of Nigeria, I send our deepest condolences to the families of the bereaved, the government and the people of Niger Republic following this dastardly attack.

”We offer prayers for the repose of those murdered and for the safe recovery and return of those who are still to be accounted for,” said the President.


Breaking – Suspected killers of PDP women leader, kogi paraded by police.

Suspected killers of Mrs. Salome Abu, the woman leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State have been paraded by the state’s police command.

The suspects arrested after an outcry were identified as Ocholi Edicha, Adamu Haruna, Onu Egbunu, Musa Alidu, Attai Haruna and Attah Ejeh.

However while the state’s police commissioner Hakeem Busari told newsmen that 30-year-old Edicha confessed to leading the gang that burnt the house of Elder Simon Abuh which led to the death of his wife Mrs. Salome Abuh, the prime murder suspect denied having a hand in the attack.

Busari said;

“The suspects further confessed that they were responsible for the series of armed robbery incidents in Ochadamu and its environs.”

Upon being interrogated by newsmen, Edicha denied burning the house and knowing those he was arrested with.

Edicha said;

” I don’t know these people they are parading”.

The other suspects who admitted being petty thieves known for robbing residents of the community of their belongings, also denied participating in the attack.


India: North Delhi Fire Seize 43 lives, 56 injured.

A massive fire which broke out early morning on Sunday in Delhi has claimed 43 lives with over 56 people seriously injured.

The fire broke out inside a four-storey factory in Filmistan area of north Delhi.

Rescue and fire department officials have rescued several people, many of whom are in critical condition.

Delhi Police has confirmed the huge death toll in the early morning fire.

Speaking to India Today TV, fire department officials said they received a call in the morning about a fire and had no information about people trapped in the burning building, which caused delay in the rescue operations.

Police said 59 people were inside the factory operating from a residential area when the blaze broke out.

According to the news medium, authorities from the LNJP hospital have confirmed many of the people who were brought to the hospital had died, while many of the rescued and injured have been rushed to RML, Lady Hardinge and Hindu Rao Hospitals.


Bayelsa indigenes drag Government to court.

…over nembe killings

Three indigenes of Nembe in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have dragged the Bayelsa State Government to Court over its decision to set up a Commission of Inquiry into the violence and killings in Nembe on November 13 during a botched campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The plaintiffs namely Chief Christopher Ayebaemi Erewari, Chief Ebi Ipogi Daniel Kpaya and Mr Ebiriegbeghabo Benjamin Kwomo in the suit filed at the Federal High Court Port Harcourt with suit number FHC/PH/CS/252/19 listed as defendants the Commission of Inquiry, the Chairman and all members of the Commission, the Governor of Bayelsa State, the Attorney- General of Bayelsa State, the Attorney- General of the Federation and the Nigeria Police Force.

The suit through an originating summons is seeking a declaration that Bayelsa State Governor listed as the 7th defendant is not competent to constitute a Commission of Inquiry into any matter which falls outside the legislative competence of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly.

It also prayed for a declaration that the setting up of the Commission is Ultra vires therefore illegal, null and void and of no effect.

Also sought as one of the reliefs is a declaration that the “proceedings, hearings, meetings, deliberations, reports finds, resolution, recommendation or any action already taken or to be taken by the 1st Defendant are illegal, null and void and of no effect”

The plaintiffs therefore prayed for an order of Perpetual Injunction restraining the Commission and its members from continuing with the inquiry or submitting any report in connection with the inquiry to the 7th Defendant or any other person whatsoever”

It also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the 7th defendant from acting on, circulating, publishing and or disseminating any report from the Commission.

Mr N.S Topba on behalf of the plaintiffs in a letter has forwarded advance copies of the Court processes to the chairman of the Commission to notify him of the suit pending the Federal High Court.

The letter reads in part “We respectfully request for a stay of action on the proceedings of the Commission pending the determination of the above suit. We firmly believe that the precious time of the Commission and the interest of justice will be better served if the said suit is dispensed with as to the appropriateness or otherwise of the continual existence of the Commission before further steps are taken in respect of the assignment before the Commission”

The Bayelsa Attorney- General and Commissioner For Justice, Mr Arthur Seweniowor who said he was not aware of the Court process said what Governor Henry Seriake Dickson actually set up was a fact-finding committee.


Xenophobia: We Are Glad That Justice Has Been Done – Chairman.

The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has expressed satisfaction over the justice meted out to 24-year-old South African police constable, Austin Luciano Reynold that killed a Nigerian, Ebuka Okoli in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal.

Mr Reynold was charged on four counts of murder and robbery after shooting Okoli at close range and robbing him during an unauthorised raid.

In a statement issued by the Head of Media and Public Relations Unit of the Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa expressed gladness over the ruling of Judge Shyam Gyanda on Friday, who said the accused was found guilty on all charges.

“We had always stated that there have to be consequences for actions. We are glad that this case finally came to an end and South Africa has demonstrated the political will to deal with xenophobia.”

She added that Nigeria and South Africa will continuously work at a United Africa while those who perpetrate crime irrespective of their nationality should face the penalty for their actions.

Dabiri-Erewa commended the Nigerian Mission in Johannesburg for painstakingly following through with the case and other cases involving Nigerians.

Similarly, the Consul General of Nigeria in South Africa, Mr Godwin Adama said that he was happy that the case came to an end on Friday with judgment pronounced on the guilty police officer.

He disclosed that the second case of eight policemen being tried for the murder of a Nigerian, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, was adjourned till April 2020 for final ruling due to some technical issues.

The accused faces at least 15 years in jail due to the fact that there is no death sentence in South Africa laws except life sentence or long sentence for the murder.


FC Ifeanyi Ubah Football Team Attacked And Brutalised By Unknown Gunmen Dressed In NYSC Uniform.

Team members of FC Ifeanyi Ubah suffered a gunman attack while on their way to Kano for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) day six fixture today November 29.

The bus conveying the players scheduled to play Jigawa Golden stars at the Kano stadium on Sunday December 1 was attacked in Kabba, Kogi state.

Gunmen allegedly dressed in NYSC uniform attacks FC Ifeanyi Ubah team bus in Kogi (photos)

No life was lost in the attack but it was gathered that the driver and a player were hit by bullets fired at the bus.

Chairman of the club, Chukwuma Ubah who confirmed the attack told newsmen “Our bus was attacked by gunmen in Okene. The driver and a player was hit by bullets fired at the bus. They have been taken to a hospital nearby where they are being attended to. We thank God that no life was lost.”

Gunmen allegedly dressed in NYSC uniform attacks FC Ifeanyi Ubah team bus in Kogi (photos)

The Club in its statement said the players were attacked by a gunman who wore NYSC uniform. Injured victims of the attack which ocurred by 1:30pm today have been taken to the hospital.

“This is to inform the general public that at about 1:30pm today, players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra Warriors) who were travelling to Kano for their scheduled NPFL match day 6 fixture against Jigawa Golden Stars ran into a group of armed robbers dressed in NYSC uniforms, operating at Kabba junction, near Lokoja in Kogi state,” the statement read.

“To the glory of God, no life was lost. However, the driver was shot while some members of the coaching crew and players were critically injured. The affected persons are currently being treated and are responding to treatment.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government as well as football regulatory bodies; Nigerian Football Federation(NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC) to further intensify security efforts to ensure the safety of teams who often have no choice than to travel long distances by road, especially clubs owned by Private investors who are made to invest their hard earned money in the growth and development of Nigerian football.

“Conclusively, fans, well wishers, supporters and Nigerians in general are kindly urged to keep the entire management, coaching staff and players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah in their prayers in this moment of despair.”


Canada – Seven lost their existence in US plane crash.

Kingston police, near Ontario in Canada have confirmed that seven people are dead, including two minors, after a small aircraft crashed in the town’s wood.

Media said the pilot of the plane, Obatek Oblokulov, died, along with his wife and three of his children, a three-year-old son, an 11-year-old daughter, and a 15-year-old son.

Also dead was a young Canadian couple that was also on board.

FAA records show Obatek Oblokulov was a registered pilot and operated a Piper PA-32. His address is in Missouri City, Texas.

A friend of the pilot said he was being expected for a brief stopover in Kingston before heading to Quebec City.

Police were made aware of a missing small US registered airplane around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, which prompted a search of a wooded area in Kingston’s west end.

News report said the Canadian police found the wreck of the Piper PA-32 plane late Wednesday after it had been reported missing earlier in the day.

Officers said the plane was difficult to access so decided to wait until Thursday morning and the arrival of air crash investigators in order to recover it.

Kingston Police tweeted early Thursday that police, investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and coroner’s office are on the scene and asked motorists to avoid the area.

TSB said the plane had taken off from Buttonville Municipal Airport, in Markham, north of Toronto, early Wednesday and had been heading for Kingston Airport.

The plane was later reported missing, and police sent to search for it.

TSB said the cause of the accident is unknown, but the suspect weather played a part. Environment Canada was warning of gusts up to 50mph.

Police said they will not be revealing the number of fatalities until their investigation has been completed.


Pandemonium as gas exploded in Ajegunle Lagos, 2 dead, reported 20 injured severely.

At least two persons have been reported dead, with over 20 others seriously injured in a gas explosion in Ajegunle, Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The incident happened at Aduke Street, late Tuesday, eyewitnesses said.

The media quoted the Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, as confirming the incident.

Oke-Osanyintolu reportedly added that two children were burnt to death in the incident.

He said, “Upon arrival at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a gas cylinder store had exploded as a result of gas leakage.

“Further investigations revealed that the fire was ignited as a result of a call being made by an unidentified resident near the gas retailing shop.

“The fire escalated to other nearby shops and a bungalow behind the shops.

“Unfortunately, two children (male and female) lost their lives and multiple burn casualties were recorded — 23 in number,” he said.

Oke-Osanyintolu disclosed that all the casualties were being evacuated to the Burn Unit, Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos.