One teenager was killed and three other family members including a mother, her daughter and grand child critically injured in a kerosene lantern explosion yesterday evening in Agbaja Nkporo, Ohafia LGA of Abia State. The explosion reportedly occurred when one of the victims filled a lantern with kerosene suspected to be an adulterated kerosene and ignited it for use by the family. He was unlucky and got himself enveloped in the inferno that ensued.
At the moment, the family and members of Agbaja Nkporo community are mourning the deceased as the survivors are in excruciating pains.
This is less than a week after kerosene explosion killed one person and left six others with burns at Immanuel Hospital in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state according to Joseph Frank-Briggs, the Operation’s Controller, Department of Petroleum Resources, Eket office. He said that the two families were involved in the incident which led to the death of a boy. The incident happened at Ikot Udoma in Eket town.
The operation’s controller said that investigation was ongoing to ascertain the root cause of the explosion. He noted that when the results of the investigations were out, the department would know if the kerosene was adulterated. Mr. Frank-Briggs warned consumers to desist from buying petroleum products from peddlers, to avoid further occurrence. He said that the department was putting measures in place to ensure that peddlers were off the roads in the state. Mr. Frank-Briggs added that the department was collaborating with Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, to curb illegal operators of petroleum products in the state.