2 Feared Dead As Explosion Rocks Obasanjo’s Library


At least two persons were killed when a gas exploded within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday morning.

The explosion at OOPL occurred around 11:am at the Marcque event centre within the Presidential Libr

It was gathered that technicians were topping up gas into the Air Condition (AC) when it exploded.

“Two people have already been confirmed dead, ” a worker at OOPL told our correspondent.

The two gates leading into OOPL were shut when our correspondent visited.

Vitalis Ortese, the Managing Director, OOPL Ventures confirmed the incident in a statement in Abeokuta.

“The management of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library wishes to confirm that there was indeed a gas explosion today, at the main event Marquee of the complex in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. The explosion emanated when a pair of technical vendors were conducting routine servicing of the air conditioning units.

There have been reports of similar incidents across the state in the last one week, which calls for investigation by the appropriate authorities.

“The explosion, which occurred at about 11.04 am, unfortunately, led to the death of a technical vendor and serious injury of the second vendor.

“The emergency team of the Library immediately took action to prevent further damages and subsequently moved the injured to the hospital. Visitors into the complex were temporarily limited to contain any fallouts from the explosion.

“This has, however been restored after clearance by the fire services authorities.

“The management assures that all visitors to the library, guests at the Green Legacy Resort, the pupils at the CCGK nursery and primary school, clients at the cultural villages, and staff present on the premises at the time of the incident are safe.

“Management wishes to condole with the families of the victim that died, while
sending a get well message to the injured. The management promise to keep to
global safety best practices and wish visitors a good and memorable stay at the
OOPL,” the statement read.

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