One person has been reported dead and 16 others injured in a kerosene explosion that occurred in Calabar, Cross River state.
Channels reports that the explosion has been linked to adulteration of kerosene.
According the the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Asibong Inyang, who visited the victims at the hospital, the government has launched an investigation into the incident to ascertain the root cause of the accident.
Mrs. Inyang also revealed that the Ministry of Health would also go about educating residents on the dangers of using adulterated products, promising that medical accessories will be donated to the ward in support of their treatments.
While speaking with journalists the State Commissioner for Petroleum, Itaya Asuquo Nyong, assured that the investigation into the explosion will be carried out and the culprits brought to book.
“We will set up an investigative panel cos we want to get to the root cause of the matter and find out where this product is bought and I intend to involve the services of the operative agencies in this operation, because we intend to ensure that adequate punishment is given. We should never experience such in the state”.
Some of the victims who were pictured at the hospital spoke with journalist and expressed the apin they have been suffering since the incident.