An explosion has occurred on Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano State.
Even though the details are quite sketchy for now, reports claim the explosion has left many people dead and several others injured.
Sources told Nairametrics that the explosion occurred in a school area, and from videos uploaded online, some school children were being evacuated from a building.
What the government is saying
In a statement by the state’s Commissioner for information, Mr Muhammed Garba, the government called on residents to remain calm, stating that security agencies have taken over the area for rescue operations.
Mr Garba assured those living in the area that the government alongside the security agencies are working to restore normalcy in the area.
He said, “The state government will keep the public abreast of any development.”
Speaking further Mr Garba noted that investigations have commenced into the cause of the explosion.
He revealed that the explosion occurred near an animal feed store opposite a school in Aba road, Sabon Gari.
He, therefore, urged residents to desist from speculations and fake news regarding the cause of the explosion.
Police say explosion is from a gas cylinder not bomb
Kano State Police Command has said that the explosion was caused by a gas cylinder and not a bomb.
The state Police Commissioner, Samaila Dikko confirmed in a short now-viral video that there was an explosion from a welder’s shop close to a nursery and primary school.
“It wasn’t a bomb blast. It’s a gas cylinder explosion. The seller’s shop is on the ground floor of the building where the school is located.
“So, when the cylinder exploded, it brought down the building and the pupils got injured. There wasn’t a bomb blast,” the Police Commissioner stated.