Nigeria: Gas Explosion Injures 5 in Jigawa State

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…17 Shops, 5 Houses Also Damaged

A involving suspected smugglers in Jigawa left five persons injured with a number of properties damaged.

A confirmation from the Nigeria and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Jigawa said the explosion happened in the Babura Local Government Area of the state.

NSCDC spokesman Mr. Adamu Shehu, confirmed the incident to newsmen, said the explosion also damaged shops and houses.

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The News Agency of Nigeria said also the police public relations officer in the state, Mr. Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the incident.

He said that 17 shops and five houses were damaged by the inferno caused by the explosion. NSCDC spokesman Shehu in his account said that the incident occurred on Monday at about 9.00 p.m., after operatives on stop-and search- in the area flagged down a truck conveying 25 gas cylinders.
He alleged that the driver of the truck refused to stop why being pursued by the operatives, resulting in one of the cylinders falling off the truck and catching immediately.

The spokesman added that the vehicle was coming from Tinkim town in Magarya LGA of Niger Republic and was heading toward Hadejia LGA of Jigawa.

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He said that the victims were currently receiving treatment at the Babura General Hospital. Similarly, the police public relations officer in the state, Shiisu, also confirmed the incident.

Shiisu said that the vehicle was being pursued by a team of operatives from the Customs Border Drill No. 12, while transporting the gas from Niger Republic.

He added that 17 shops and five houses were damaged by the inferno caused by the explosion.


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