Lafia, the state capital of Nasarawa state was thrown into a state of mourning around 10am this morning, it has been officially tagged as a black Monday for the residents of the city of minerak resources.
According to reports from eye witnesses at the scene of the incident, a gas plant at Monaco gas plant near Natson filling station along Jos road exploded all of a sudden due to technical malfunction. Number of causalities are noted in the police report below. Deputy governor of the state, Silas Ali Agara was at the scene on behalf of governor Tanko Almakura and below is the press release from the state house
“BLACK MONDAY IN LAFIA AS GAS PLANT EXPLODED, WITH SCORES DEATH – NASARAWA STATE GOVERNMENT ADVISED CITIZENS TO REMAIN CALM
It was indeed a black Monday in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital as Monaco gas plant situated right behind Natson Filling station, along Jos road exploded into flames with scores death and many were burnt beyond recognition.
State Deputy Governor, Silas Ali Agara on behalf of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura visited the scene of the incidence and also proceeded to Dalhatu Araf Specialist hospital where some of the victims were attended to by doctors and nurses at the casualty unit. The Deputy Governor couldn’t withstand the shocking incidence but however enjoined citizens to remain calm as Government is on top of the situation.”
Some of the victims from the incident that survived but with first degree burn were quickly rushed to Dalhatu Specialist Hospita, Lafia, for immediate medical attention. It was witnessed that some of the victims were taken in different form of transportation, some even on commercial bikes, as ambulances services are not available.
The state government and some private establishments are doing everything in their capacity to contain the unfortunate event and are also mourning with the family of those that lost their loved ones in the gas explosion.
Nasarawa state is one of the closest states to the Federal Capital Territory and has enjoyed some political and infrastructural benefits because of its proximity to the country’s capital. The governor of the state, Governor Tanko Uwar Almakura was unavailable this morning as at the time of the Black Monday but his deputy, Silas Ali Agara was courageous enough to visit the scene and sympathized with the victims.
Below is the police report on the incident
“Fire Incident as a result of Gas plant Explosion at MONACO : on 10/8/2018 at about 10:25 am MONACO Gas plant Situated behind NATSON Filing station Jos road COURSE OF THE FIRE: A truck was discharging the gas content into the plant’s Tank and there was lickage from the truck that was discharging the gas as a result the licked gas spreaded on the whole premises up to the main Jos road. Fire service, police, other security Agencies, Health, and good Samaritans blocked all vehicles, tricycles, motor cycles from passing to prevent sparking or igniting fire when a going man carrying a passenger suddenly beat the traffic and ran into the gas spread area as a result his motor cycle exhaust ignites the fire that was all over the affected area. 2 death, 34 injured, 10 m/Vehicles burnt, 2 keke Napep burnt, 4 m/cycles burnt, both the gas plant and the filing station were also burnt”