One dies, another injured in Obasanjo Presidential Library gas explosion

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Front view of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)


One person has been confirmed dead in a gas explosion that occurred at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The incident occurred around 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Marcque Event Centre within the library.

Mr. Atom Lim, an aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo who confirmed the explosion in a statement on Facebook, said there was a fatality in the incident while one other victim was rushed to the hospital.

The victim in the hospital is said to be in a critical condition.

“Early reports indicate that the explosion was caused by gas used in maintenance of ACs at the unit. An investigation has been launched for further details and action.”

The Managing Director of the library, Vitalis Ortese, in a statement said the explosion occurred when a pair of technical vendors were conducting routine servicing of the air conditioning units.

“The explosion, which occurred at about 11.04 am, unfortunately, led to the death of a technical vendor and serious injury of the second vendor.

“The emergency team of the Library immediately took action to prevent further damages and subsequently moved the injured to the hospital. Visitors into the complex were temporarily limited to contain any fallouts from the explosion. This has, however, been restored after clearance by the fire services authorities.”

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