Abeokuta Gas Explosion: Abiodun sympathizes with victims, Calls for calm

Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun has conveyed heartfelt sympathy for the victims affected by a gas explosion in the Ita-Oshin area of Abeokuta, the state capital, on Saturday evening.

Reports indicate that a fire incident occurred around 5pm  involving a gas truck labeled Gasco Marine, near the Ita Oshin junction, just a few meters from the roundabout.

The truck, moving inward Abeokuta, lost control and ran into the road pavement before it eventually stopped.

The driver fled the scene while the truck boy lost his life. His mutilated remains have been deposited at the General Hospital, Ijaiye.

It was gathered that four parked vehicles were burnt to ashes. The inferno also affected five shops, with one completely burnt.

Four trucks from the Federal and the Ogun State Fire Services were on the ground to put out the inferno.

Governor Abiodun, in a statement on Saturday night, regretted the loss of life in the inferno and the attendant destruction of properties.

He, however, called for calm, assuring that everything was being done to put the situation under control.
He said: "I am deeply saddened by the tragic gas explosion that occurred in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Saturday, which led to the loss of an innocent life and destruction of properties. This is a devastating incident that has brought pain and anguish to many families.

"On behalf of the government and people of Ogun State, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of the lone victim of this tragic incident. My prayers are with them during this difficult time.

"I also wish to express my sympathy to those who suffered damage to their businesses."

The governor praised the quick intervention of relevant agencies of government and first responders, which brought the situation under control.

Governor Abiodun noted that relevant authorities have been mandated to ascertain the cause of the explosion and ensure that appropriate measures are put in place to prevent a recurrence.

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