Obasanjo Library engulfed in deadly gas explosion, two persons feared dead

Obasanjo Library engulfed in deadly gas explosion, two persons feared dead

Two people have been reported killed in an explosion at the Olusegun Obasanjo presidential library in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

Eyewitnesses reported that the explosion occurred around 11:23 am at the Marque event centre within the premises of the Obasanjo Library, on Thursday.

According to witnesses, the explosion at the Obasanjo Library was triggered when technicians were topping up gas into the Air Conditioner at the event centre.

This explosion brings is the fourth number of explosions recorded in the last week in the city of Abeokuta.

No fewer than six persons, including an infant, died in three different gas explosions in Abeokuta from those incidents.

It will be recalled that the Conference Hotel in Abeokuta owned by a former Governor, Gbenga Daniel was also hit by an explosion, killing two and injuring three others.

The two occurrences of gas explosion last week claimed the lives of an infant and three others.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to court over its exclusion from the forthcoming local government elections in the state.

Also joined in the suit with Makinde was the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC).

Oyo State Caretaker Chairman of APC, Chief Akin Oke, confirmed the development in a statement on Wednesday, May 19, in Ibadan.

Oke said the APC, through its lawyers, had prepared the originating processes; and forwarded the same to the state’s Chief Judge.

He expressed the hope that the case would be attended to timeously; by accepting it for filing and assigning it to a judge for a hearing.

1st News had also reported that Makinde had on assumption of office in 2019; sacked the elected local government chairmen and councillors on the platform of APC, a year into their tenure.

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The sacked chairmen and councilors had approached the court to challenge the dissolution; which the Supreme Court ruled in their favour on May 7, 2021

The OYSIEC had before the judgment commenced electoral processes for the conduct of local government elections for May 22; in which APC did not participate on account of the pending judgment.

Oke said that the courts were imbued with extensive powers under the High Court Laws of Oyo State; Nigerian Constitution; as well as High Court Civil Procedure Rules of Oyo State.

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