Explosion Kills 4 In Akwa Ibom
An explosion at a company, Lord Mike and Sons Nigeria Limited, in Ede Obuk area of Akwa Ibom State left four persons dead, the State Police Command has confirmed.
The victims are Daniel Usoro, Anthony Anthony, Enobong Sampson and Akpabio John.
The spokesman for the police in the state, Odiko MacDon, said investigation was ongoing to determine the cause of the accident and prevent such from occurring again in the state.
"I can confirm the unfortunate incident, as the matter had been reported to the station.
"In fact, the Director of the company is currently receiving treatment in an unknown hospital in the State.
"The Commissioner of Police, Mr Musa Kimo had commiserated also with the families of the deceased.
"We are calling for safety measures to prevent such incidents from happening again.
"However, we are asking that there should be more safety checks to ensure that similar occurrence does not happen again.
"Meanwhile, we are also interested in knowing how and why the accident happened," MacDon said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the incident was cause by an explosion from gas cylinders.
Mr Sunny Ekong is the Project Manager of Lord Mike and he gave a hint on what caused the explosion.
He said two cylinders exploded, but that at the moment, the organisation could not ascertain what led to the explosion.
“Three out of the victims were working at their new fabrication yard, while one was doing the cutting of pipes before the incident,” Ekong said.
Lord Mike is an indigenous oil servicing company that deals with scaffolding and fabrication, used for cutting and grinding pipes.
According to Ekong, the incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, while a management meeting was ongoing.
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