Contrary to initial media reports that about 100 people lost their lives in the deadly
explosion that rocked a gas plant in Nnewi, in Anambra state, the
Nigeria Police Force has revealed that only eight people lost their
Reports credited to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) have it that the
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Ali Okechukwu
on Friday, December 25, informed that eight persons died from the
inferno, adding that two bodies, a mother and her baby, were later
recovered at a nearby building.While regarding the initial report as “alarming and misleading”, the police chief said: “After the incident, six persons were confirmed dead outside the perimeter fencing of the company.
“Two other bodies of a woman and her child were later found dead in an adjourning building.
“Six other persons who were seriously injured were also rushed to
the University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, and later referred to the
hospital in Enugu.”
On what led to the explosion, Okechukwu said it may have occurred at a time when domestic gas was being dispensed to customers, “I think there was disconnect which led to the explosion,” explaining further that investigation was still ongoing to ascertain the exact cause of the explosion.
The acting director of the state’s Fire Service, Innocent Mbonu, who
confirmed the report, stated that although some nearby buildings were
affected, six persons died before the service came.
He said: “Tentative report says the fire, which was extinguished
after a fierce battle, was caused by domestic gas explosion which
distributed fire to some buildings around.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has
since reacted to the unfortunate incident, expressing utmost regret
over the loss of lives in Anambra state following the explosion at an