No fewer than five people have reportedly been injured and many properties were destroyed as suspected smuggled gas exploded in Babura Local Government Area of Jigawa state.
This was confirmed by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday, September 12, 2022.
Also, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Lawan Shiisu, confirmed the incident.
It was said that 17 shops and five houses were damaged by the inferno caused by the explosion.
NSCDC spokesman Shehu in his account said that the incident occurred on Monday at about 9.00 p.m., after security operatives on stop-and search- in the area flagged down a truck conveying 25 gas cylinders.
He alleged that the driver of the truck refused to stop why being pursued by the operatives, resulting in one of the cylinders falling off the truck and catching fire immediately.
The spokesman added that the vehicle was coming from Tinkim town in Magarya LGA of Niger Republic and was heading toward Hadejia LGA of Jigawa.
He said that the victims were currently receiving treatment at the Babura General Hospital.
Similarly, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Lawan Shiisu, also confirmed the incident.
Shiisu said that the vehicle was being pursued by a team of operatives from the Nigerian Customs Border Drill No. 12, while transporting the gas from Niger Republic.
He added that 17 shops and five houses were damaged by the inferno caused by the explosion.