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Two people have been reportedly killed and three others injured in an explosion in ex-governor Gbenga Daniel’s Conference Hotel in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to reports, the incident occurred around 12 pm when a technician was filling an automatic door at the entrance of the hotel.

Reports indicated that the technician and one other person believed to be his apprentice died instantly, while three other people within the vicinity reportedly sustained varying degrees of injury.

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Remains of the dead according to reports, were deposited at the general hospital morgue in Abeokuta, and the three injured persons were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.

The facilities manager of the hotel, Tunde Oshunnubi, said, “during the routine maintenance of the automatic revolving door at the hotel reception, the maintenance technician used gas to weld the door hinges.

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“The oxyacetylene gas cylinder suddenly exploded, killing the technician and one other person yet to be identified.

“Three people were wounded and were immediately taken to hospital. They are responding to treatment. So far no sabotage is suspected.”

“It is suspected that the gas cylinder purchased at the open market may be fake and unable to withstand gas pressure.

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“Information reveals that a similar incident occurred in another location in Abeokuta sometime ago with similar casualties.

“The management of the hotel sympathises with the families of the deceased and warn the general public of the presence of fake gas cylinders in the market.”


The story was based on Punch’s account of the incident.

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