Metro

September 14, 2022

Gas explosion injures 5, damages 17 shops, 5 houses in Jigawa

Police arrest six suspected animal rustlers, burglars in Jigawa

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Dutse— The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Jigawa said, yesterday that five people were injured from a suspected smuggled gas that exploded in Babura Local Government Area of the state.

Spokesman of the NSCDC, Adamu Shehu, who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse added that the explosion also damaged shops and houses.

Also, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the incident.

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

NSCDC spokesman Shehu in his account said the incident occurred on Monday at about 9.00 p.m., after security 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 while being pursued by the operatives, resulting in one of the cylinders falling off the truck and catching fire immediately.

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

He said the victims are currently receiving treatment at the Babura General Hospital.

Similarly, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Lawan Shiisu, also confirmed the incident.

Shiisu said   that the vehicle was being pursued by   a team of operatives from the Nigerian 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.