Gas explosion kills two persons at Conference Hotel, Abeokuta owned by Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a former Governor of Ogun State. GISTMASTER gathered at least three other persons were severely injured.
The manager of the hotel, Tunde Osinubi confirmed the gas explosion incident in a press statement.
Osinubi explained that ” A routine maintenance of the automatic revolving door at the entrance of Conference hotel reception, which involved the use of oxyacetylene gas to weld the door hinges was being carried out.
“The oxyacetylene gas cylinder suddenly exploded, killing the technician and one other person yet to be identified.
“Three other people were injured and were immediately taken to the hospital. They are responding to treatment.
“So far, no sabotage is suspected. It is, however, suspected that the gas cylinder purchased at the open market may be fake and unable to withstand gas pressure.
“The incidents of gas explosions as a result of fake cylinders being sold have become worrisome and of great concern as similar incidents have been reported in several locations in Abeokuta recently with casualties.
“The management of the hotel sympathises with the families and friends of the deceased and wishes to warn the general public of the presence of fake gas cylinders in the market.
“This incidence is however greatly regretted.”
Gbenga Daniel, a billionaire businessman, politician opened Conference Hotel,Abeokuta after his tenure as Governor of Ogun state.