The Cross River State Police Command has confirmed three persons dead and 10 others in critical condition due to Friday’s gas cylinder explosion at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Calabar.
The state PPRO, Mr. John Eluu, disclosed this yesterday in an interview with newsmen.
Eluu said 20 members of staff of the bank were injured in the explosion which occurred at about 11am, while two others were in critical condition.
“As at yesterday, Friday, 20 CBN staff members were injured and two were in critical condition immediately after the gas explosion.
“We have been monitoring the situation closely and I can confirm to you that three of the victims are dead, while 10 are in critical condition. Investigation is still ongoing to unravel the cause of the explosion.
“We will continue to monitor the victims as we pray for their survival and quick recovery’’, he said and dismissed the rumour in some quarters that the explosion was a detonated bomb by Boko Haram insurgents.
“I wish to say categorically that the explosion was not a bomb blast by Boko Haram insurgents as is being rumoured in some corners. Our men from the Explosive Ordinance Department were on ground at the scene of the accident. Their investigation shows that it was a gas cylinder explosion.”