- Nine people have now been confirmed dead in the explosions which rocked Kano state in the early hours of Tuesday, May 17
- The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs stated that NEMA is currently coordinating the rescue operations with sister agencies
- The director-general of NEMA, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, has also arrived at the scene of the tragic incident
Kano - The death toll in a gas explosion that occurred in Kano state on Tuesday, May 17, has increased to nine, according to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.
The ministry disclosed this in a tweet sighted by Legit.ng on its verified official Twitter handle.
The director-general of the National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Habib Ahmed, has also arrived at the scene of the incident, according to the tweet.
Recall that the police command in Kano state had earlier confirmed the death of four persons, claiming that gas, not a bomb, exploded on Tuesday morning.
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The tweet by the humanitarian affairs ministry read:
“Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far from the rubble of a collapsed building beside a primary school following an explosion from a gas cylinder at Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano State.
“DG @nemanigeria Mustapha Habib Ahmed was at the site of the incident and coordinated the rescue operations. NEMA is presently coordinating the rescue operations with sister agencies."
Explosion did not occur in school - Kano government
Meanwhile, the Kano state government has clarified that the explosion in the Sabon Gari area did not occur in a school, The Punch reported.
The state commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, said the incident happened at an animal feed store opposite the school along Aba Road, Sabon Gari area of Fagge local government.
He said while the cause of the explosion and the damage had yet to be officially ascertained, an investigation has since commenced to determine the cause, impact and measures to be taken.
Garba called on the people in the state, particularly those living in the area where the incident occurred, to remain calm while the government in collaboration with relevant agencies are working on the matter.
The commissioner assured residents that government would keep the public abreast of any development.
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Sources stated that a bomb went off at a local restaurant crowded with many people.
More than 20 people, including women, sustained injuries in the incident. They were reportedly rushed to Federal Medical Center Jalingo.