Gas explosion: SON already carrying out analysis of samples, say police

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Samples of oxygen gas from plants which produced the suspected gas that resulted in explosions in parts of Abeokuta, Ogun State capital in the last two weeks is being subjected to laboratory test at the moment.

The state police command disclosed this over the weekend, adding that it had shut the two plants last Friday.

The spokesman of the state command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who disclosed this said the command working with other security and government agencies had constituted a technical investigative team to unravel the cause of the explosions.

No fewer than 10 persons had lost their lives while six persons were injured in about five different explosions across the state.

He said, “Two gas plants suspected to have supplied the gas and the cylinders that caused these explosions have been sealed up by the Command, while samples of the gas from the plants have also been taken for analysis by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, he said pending the outcome of the investigation “which will also be made public, and in order to prevent further disaster, welders throughout the state have been advised to stop using oxygen gas simultaneously with liquified petroleum gas-LPG (cooking gas), while carrying out their welding jobs.”

He added that Area commanders and DPOs had also been directed to disseminate this information to welders and their associations as well as maintenance technicians in their respective jurisdictions and monitor compliance.

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