Information reaching Nigerianreporter.com has it that the Central Bank of Nigeria in Calabar office has been hit by a gas explosion this afternoon.
Eighteen people have been confirmed injured while no lives have been reported lost during the explosion which happened at about 11 a.m. (UTC + 1:00) on Friday, shattering the CBN banking hall and causing traffic jams on roads around the bank between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. as security operatives assisted officials of the state Fire Service in bringing the situation under control.
Meanwhile, John Elu, police spokesman of Cross River, confirmed the incident but said no lives had been lost.
“The incident happened around 11:35 a.m. It is believed to have been caused by a faulty fire cylinder,” he said.
“No death was recorded but 18 persons sustained injuries and they have been taken to the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. The investigation is ongoing.”
Also the Commissioner of Police in the state, Henry Fadairo, said that the explosion was caused by gas cylinders in the CBN office.
He said, “The team of experts handling the situation confirmed to me that 18 persons were injured while two others are said to be in critical condition”.
“The police in company of the Navy, Army, FRSC and the Civil Defense were on ground to help the state Fire Service to bring the situation under control”, he added.
The CBN office is currently under tight security with armed policemen, while normal vehicular movement has been restored.