A gas explosion at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital has killed one person.
An aide to the former Nigerian President, Atom Lim confirmed the explosion and noted that there was a fatality in the incident while one other victim was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.
Mr Lim in a statement posted on Facebook said the incident occurred around 11:00 am on Thursday.
“Early reports indicate that the explosion was caused by gas used in maintenance of ACs at the unit. An investigation has been launched for further details and action,” the statement read.
The Managing Director of the library, Vitalis Ortese, said the explosion occurred when a pair of technical vendors were conducting routine servicing of the air conditioning units.
“The explosion, which occurred at about 11.04 am, unfortunately, led to the death of a technical vendor and serious injury of the second vendor,” Ortese said in a statement that corroborated Lim’s position.
“The emergency team of the Library immediately took action to prevent further damages and subsequently moved the injured to the hospital. Visitors into the complex were temporarily limited to contain any fallouts from the explosion. This has, however, been restored after clearance by the fire services authorities.”
By Abel Ejikeme