26 January 2013

Nigeria: Ogun Factory - Explosion Kills Six, Injures 20

Not less than six persons were killed yesterday while 20 others were seriously injured following an explosion that occurred at the Nigeria Distilleries Ltd (NDL) at Ijako area of industrial Sango Ota, Ogun State.

LEADERSHIP WEEKEND reliably gathered that the cause of the death might not be unconnected to the explosion of a boiler of the NDL located along Lagos - Abeokuta road, not far from the Sango - Ota Bridge. The boiler was said to have exploded due to old age at about 10:30am yesterday and released a geyser of hot and other hot substances on the members of staff who were on duty.

While four of the victims died immediately, two others died on their way to the hospital.

The remains of the four that died at the factory were seen covered by debris from the boiler while the injured who were bathed in hot liquids, suffered various degrees of body burnt and skin bleaching.

It was further gathered that the explosion erupted when the workers were mixing Calypso drink in the boiler while a deafening sound suddenly shook the factory and adjourning buildings.

When our correspondent got to the scene of the incident, the security guard urged him to come back on Monday as no member of the management of the company was around for comment.

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

But the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, said two persons were killed while another one was injured when the factory explosion occurred.

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