Residents of Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State, were startled on Monday when they heard the sound of an explosion.

Terrorism had come to their mind until reports filtered in that it occurred at Monaco Gas plant in Jos Road.

At least 18 persons were killed while over 30 with different degrees of injuries were hospitalised.

After the incident, the Deputy Governor of the State, Mr Silas Agara, visited the scene with the Commissioner of Police, Yahaya Bello and the Chairman of Lafia Local Government, Mr Aminu Muazu.

Mr Agara described the explosion, which occurred within the premises of Natson fuel station, as most unfortunate.

Saraki visits explosion victims in Nasarawa state

He expressed his condolences and sympathy to the victims on behalf of Governor Umaru Al-Makur and assured them that the government would respond to the emergency and ensure a thorough investigation of the incident.

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The Deputy Governor also commended security and emergency agencies for their response and quick intervention and advised the public to stay away from the scene to allow relevant agencies to carry out their investigation into the matter.

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He later visited over 30 victims with various degrees of injuries at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia.

The explosion happened on a day that the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, visited the state in its push for support in his desire to be the President of Nigeria. 

He also took out time to visit the victims at the hospital.

Saraki visits explosion victims in Nasarawa state

Dr. Saraki also said a few words of prayer for the victims. 

"I just visited the survivors of today’s horrific gas explosion in Nasarawa State.

"My thoughts and prayers remain with the families that lost loved ones today.

"We will continue to support the State Government to ensure the speedy and full recovery of the all the victims," he wrote on his Twitter page.

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