26 January 2013

Nigeria: Ogun Factory Explosion Kills Two, Injures Two

Abeokuta — Two people were killed and two others injured in an explosion at the Nigeria Distilleries Limited (NDL) at Ijako industrial area of Sango Ota, Ogun State.

The boiler of the brewery company located along Lagos - Abeokuta road near the Sango - Ota Bridge, was said to have exploded due to old age around 10:30am yesterday and released a geyser of hot and other hot substances on the staff who were on duty.

While four of the victims died at the factory with their remains charred and covered by debris from the boiler, the injured who were bathed in hot liquids, suffered various degrees of burns, a witness told Weekly Trust.

Efforts to get the reaction of NDL management on the explosion proved abortive.

For almost an hour, ambulances from the Fidson Drugs, Avon and NDL battled to evacuate victims to hospitals - Rubbi Hospital and one other, in Ifo town.

But the Police Public Relations Officer of Ogun State Police Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the accident through a telephone interview, said only two were killed while one person was injured when the factory exploded.

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