Many others were also injured in the incident, which occurred at Trinity Gas Limited station, Obosi.

An eyewitness says the gas station attendant and three customers died instantly while scores of people at the scene were seriously injured.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Nkeiruka Nwode, who confirmed the incident, said that four yet-to-be identified bodies have been deposited at a mortuary at Obosi area.

She adds that the gas station has been cordoned off while investigation has commenced to ascertain the cause of the explosion.

A public report is expected from state authorities with a few days.

The PPRO commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives and others who sustained severe burns.