Adulterated Kerosene Explosion Kills Two Children, Injures 3 Others Including A 3 Months Old Baby

Kerosene explosion has killed two children and severely injured three others including a 3-month-old baby in Akwa Ibom State.

According to Guardian, the incident occurred in Ikono Ibom Clan in Uyo LGA. One Mr. Nsikak Michael, a tricycle operator and father-of-3, suffered severe burns from the explosion, which also resulted in the death of two of his children.

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Nsikak, who also operates a small poultry farm near his house in Ikot Enyingne Ikono, narrated how the incident happened:

”I bought kerosene from a filling station along Idoro road as I closed from my Keke business on Sunday. On getting home, I decided to lit up the lantern in my poultry farm to keep the birds warm but needed to top up the kerosene in the lamp as it was soon going off.

So, I came out of the poultry farm just as my kids followed. As I attempted to light up the lantern, there was a loud explosion with a big flame of fire, which left me unconscious.”

Unfortunately, one of the two children died immediately on the spot, while the other died yesterday at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, where they were rushed to for treatments.

Also at the hospital, another woman from the same community with her 3 months old baby was also victim of the kerosene explosion.

Visiting the victims at the hospital, Chairman of Uyo Local Government Transition Committee, Mfon Ben, condoled with the families over the gruesome incidents and advised members of the public to be cautious and vigilant.

He gave the assurance that perpetrators of the unwholesome act would be brought to book.

Photo credit: Guardian

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