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Following the several gas explosion cases reported in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital in the last one week, the state government has sealed off two of the gas plants in Omida and Idi-Ori in Abeokuta metropolis.
The government team led by the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Environment, Ola Oresanya and the state commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Barr. Femi Ogunbanwo on Friday visited the gas plants and sealed it off for alleged compromise.
Similarly, the Ogunbanwo during a stakeholders’ meeting in Abeokuta announced that the government has put a temporary stop to the sale of industrial gas in the state.
He explained that this action is in order to find lasting solution to the problem.
Ogunbanwo noted that all major stakeholders in the gas sector were expected to abide by the directives.
He stressed, “Anyone found guilty of selling adulterated gas products or violating safety protocols would have full weight of the law to contend with”.
He reiterated that Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun had been in consultations with the federal authorities.
The Commissioner charges relevant agencies of government and the Nigerian Police to move round the nooks and crannies of the State, investigate and bring to book whoever found culpable of any sharp practices or negligence that could cause further occurrence.
Meanwhile, there was another gas explosion in Abeokuta on Friday morning barely 24 hours after two lives were lost in an explosion that hit the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that, the gas explosion which occurred at Onikoko area of Abeokuta around 10:am caused serious panic.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the explosion will be the fifth incident that has occurred in Abeokuta in the last nine days, killing about eleven persons.
When PLATFORM TIMES visited the scene of the incident, it was learnt that it was an industrial gas belonging to a construction company kept in its garage that exploded.
An iron splinter from the exploded gas cylinder reportedly flew to about 200 metres inside St. Leo’s College, Onikoko, and hit one of the victims who’s a woman in her chest, injuring one of her breasts.
PLATFORM TIMES observed the effect of the explosion on nearby buildings, shattering walls and glasses.
Confirming the incident, the Special Adviser to the governor on Environment, Ola Oresanya, said two were injured.
Oresanya said, “Within the last one week, we have lost about eleven persons while others were in hospital in critical conditions.
“We were able to trace one of the sources together with the Commissioner of Police and Director of the DSS.”