No fewer than nine persons have been killed and several injured in an explosion that occurred in the Sabon Gari area of Kano state, Northwest, Nigeria.
The explosion happened around 9:30 am today, Tuesday May 17, 2022 near a private secondary school, Winners School, in the state. It had earlier been reported that the explosion was caused by a bomb planted in the area, however, while giving clear insight to the incident, police in the state stated that it was a gas explosion.
The Kano state Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko in a voice recording said; “It is not a bomb explosion, it is a gas explosion. A gas cylinder explosion”.
Because there is a welder, just by the place, and he is the first victim in this situation,” he said.
The police had earlier confirmed death of four people but in later report from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs at the scene of the incident said the death toll has risen to nine.
The Ministry said: “Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far from the rubble of a collapsed building beside a primary school following an explosion from a gas cylinder at Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano State.
It was gathered that rescue operations were still ongoing by National Emergency Agency and other agencies.
Meanwhile, the Kano State Government had call for calm clarifying that the early Tuesday morning explosion in the Sabon Gari area did not occur in a school. It was earlier reported that there was gunshot at the scene of the explosion as soldiers tried to keep the peace at the explosion site.
The state Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, said the incident happened at an animal feed store opposite the school along Aba Road, Sabon Gari area of Fagge Local Government.
He noted that investigation has since commenced to determine the cause, impact and measures to be taken.
Garba called on the people in the state, particularly those living in the area where the incident occurred, to remain calm while the government in collaboration with relevant agencies are working on the matter.
The commissioner assured residents that government would keep the public abreast of any development.
The state was last hit by explosion in 2014 during the heat of Boko Haram insurgency, when two bombs exploded outside the central mosque of the Kano city. At least 81 people were killed and 150 others injured.