In continuation of an investigation of a suspected gas explosion that occurred on the 17 May 2022 at No. 01 Aba by Court Road Sabon Gari Quarters Kano that led to the collapse of a building with four shops and residential apartment, Kano Police Command has confirmed 9 people dead and 8 victims including students of Winners Kids Academy sustained minor injuries as a result of the shock waves; they have been treated and discharged.
The Command’s spokesperson, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa in a statement, Saturday, said those certified dead by medical doctors as a result of the explosion are; Ejike Vincent (Wielder), Michael Adejo (Chemical Seller), Musa Kalla (Tea Seller), Christiana Abosade, Mary, Austine Dada, Madam Owoleke, Omo Ben and Bose Oladapo.
According to the statement, preliminary investigation revealed that, among the 9 victims of the explosion, one of them deals in illicit storage of toxic chemicals and other hazardous materials.
He was later identified as Michael Adejo (now late). Items recovered at the scene include five (5) bottles of different brands of Acidic Liquid, three (3) Bags of Potassium substance, one (1) Jeri can have mixed chemicals, six and a half (6.5) Cartons of Snuff (Tobacco) and five (5) Drums of Polymer (Chemical).
“Technical Investigation conducted by the command’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal – Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence (EOD-CBRN) revealed that the explosion is suspected to be occurred as a result of mixed Chemical / Gas reactions exposed to a source of heat, such as fire, spark or increase in pressure resulting in combustion/shock waves, creating an explosion which can have shattering effects,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, arrests have been made linking one of the collapsed shops with dealings in sales of illicit, toxic chemical substances and combustible materials suspected to be used for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Evidence of purchase was also recovered. An investigation is in progress.
In another development, on the 19 May 2022, following an intelligence report that a Mercedes Benz Motor Vehicle, Ash with suspected sophisticated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) is coming from Jigawa State to Kano State, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu immediately raised a crack team comprising Explosive Ordnance Disposal – Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defence (EOD-CBRN) and Operation Puff Adder.
At about 1630hrs of the same date, following a hot chase, the suspects abandoned the Motor Vehicle at Bubbugaje Quarters Kumbotso LGA Kano State. A technical search conducted by the team revealed that the motor vehicle was fully loaded with Improvise Explosive Device materials.
Two (2) AK-47 Rifles, four (4) AK-47 Magazines, One Thousand and Ninety-Eight (1,098) Live Ammunition, and Two (2) Pistol Magazines were also recovered. An investigation has commenced.
CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko aka Nagari-Nakowa thanked the Kano State Government, the good people of the State, Sister Security Agencies, Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders, Members of Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Civil Liberty Organizations (CLOs) and Community Policing Stakeholders for their prayers, encouragement, continuous support and cooperation.
He urged residents to continue praying for the State, the Nation, be vigilant, and report any suspicious person(s), item(s), movement, or incidences to the nearest Police Station, and not take laws into their hands.
Round-the-clock visibility patrol and raids of criminal hideouts and black spots will continue throughout the State, as the command will sustain the ongoing “Operation Puff Adder” that has been yielding positive results.