Gas explosion kills four in Imo

A gas explosion which rocked Imo state has reportedly killed no less than four persons.

The gas plant which exploded on Monday is located at Orji, a suburb town in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The explosion which claimed the lives of the four victims was reported to have occurred at about 4:35pm at Okpokiri Petroleum Station, near two commercial banks.

Policemen reported four lifeless bodies to have been sighted at about 5:00pm with some body parts scattered on the ground.

Policemen who responded to distress calls were from the Orji division and led by the Divisional Police Officer, Ude Umanta.

Other persons injured in the explosion were reported to have been rushed to the hospital in the aftermath of the explosion.

A survivor, Adubackoja Ochowotia, disclosed that two of his colleagues died on the spot, while two other members of staff of the filling station also lost their lives.

The survivor added: “We came from Abuja to fix the gas plant. We were working on it when the oxygen exploded and killed two of my colleagues.”

The names of the deceased colleagues was given as Adeyemi Wasiu and one Maruf.

A Police officer who chose to remain anonymous said: “The gas plant exploded around 4.35pm and before we could arrive here, four persons were already dead. The survivors were taken to the hospital. From preliminary investigations, it was an explosion from a gas plant that was being worked on by some artisans from Abuja. The state Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, has drafted more men to the scene to help manage the situation. Several buildings, including people making use of the Automated Teller Machines, were affected.”