Kogi dep gov’s wife, 3 others injured in building explosion
Wife of the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mrs. Tokunbo Awoniyi, escaped death by the whiskers yesterday morning when her house collapsed and trapped her along with at least three other people.
The building listed as 19B HFP Way, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos was ripped apart by the explosion.
Mrs. Awoniyi, three others in the building as well as the family's driver, who was said to be washing a car outside, all suffered injuries. They were quickly rushed to a hospital immediately they were rescued from the rubble.
The South-west zonal spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, who confirmed the incident when contacted, said the destruction might have been caused by cooking gas cylinder that probably exploded about 7:15am.
His words: “The explosion and subsequent building collapse affected three occupants, who were inside the building at the time and the driver who was washing the car outside.
Although no life was lost, the four injured persons have since been evacuated to St. Maria Hospital, Yaba, for proper treatment.
He disclosed that men of the Police Anti-Bomb Squad and Police Disaster Management Unit also responded to the distress call and were working to ascertain the actual cause of the explosion.