There has been a heavy explosion at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) facility in Calabar, Cross River state.
Many people are feared dead, with several others injured. Sources say the explosion was as a result of a leakage from a gas cylinder in the building.
It remains uncertain how many people have died from the fire incident, however, there are speculation that about 10 people were killed and over 30 injured in the incident. Officials are yet give full details of the inferno, as rescue operations are still ongoing.
There were fire trucks in the premises of the bank and ambulances were coming in and out, conveying casualties. Shattered glasses filled the CBN premises, as parts of the main bank building were damaged.
The Nation reports that men of the police, army, navy, civil defence and other paramilitary organizations were drafted to scene. Relatives of staff could be seen crying at the gate of the bank. They demanded to see their relatives working in the bank. Officials of the bank refused to comment, stating that they are too traumatized to speak.
The Commissioner of police, Henry Faidairo was on ground to inspect the scene. Also available was the Acting Inspector General of police, Zone 6, Calabar, Baba-Adisa Bolanta. Bolanta who also inspected the scene, said the explosion was suspected to be from gas within the central air-conditioning unit. “This is just an initial assessment, and it is not confirmed yet. It is when a final result has been given that we will confirm what really happened,” he said.