17 November 2011

Nigeria: Twin-Explosion Causes Panic in Abuja

Pandemonium broke out Wednesday in Abuja, following explosions in two filling stations, which sent panic across the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as many scampered for safety thinking they were bomb blasts.

The first explosion occurred in ASCON filling station, along Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II, while the second took place along Muhammadu Buhari Way in Garki 2, Abuja.

According to an eyewitness account at the Wuse II scene, a petrol tanker caught fire when it was due to discharge its product at the station. Though the driver quickly disengaged the head of the truck from the tank, fire engulfed the station, leading to the explosion of the tank.

In a similar incident at Garki, about 150 meters from the FCT police command headquarters; a tanker also caught fire during the discharge of petroleum products at the AP filling station at about 5.30 p.m.

THISDAY gathered that one person was seriously injured in the incident, while two cars and three fuel tankers were destroyed.

Confirming the two fire incidents, which many mistook for bomb blast, FCT Police Command Spokes-person, Jimoh Moshood, said no casualty was recorded.

Explaining further, Moshood said but for the quick intervention of the Police, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Fire Service personnel, and other relevant agencies, the two fire incidents would have recorded high rate of casualties.

Speaking on the incidents, NEMA Spokesperson, Yau Shuaibu, said contrary to speculations that they were bomb blasts, they were just mere coincidental fuel fire outbreaks.

He, therefore, called on Abuja residents to go about their lawful businesses without fear of bomb blasts.

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