Delta state police command has allayed the fears generated Tuesday night by an explosion that occurred in Koko town, Warri North council area of Delta state.
There was panic across the town when the loud explosion, which roared out from the premises of Ebenco Global Link Limited at about 6:25pm, occurred, impacting on the adjoining houses.
Although details of what really transpired were not immediately available as at the time our correspondent learned of the incident, it was gathered that a container within the premises of the company suddenly exploded, sending the bits and pieces into the air and the surroundings.
A community source, who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that there were no casualties, adding that the lid of an exploded drum or container, which flew out of the company’s yard, landed on the roof of one of the adjoining houses, pierced the roof into the living room.
“It was like an explosive that burst out from the yard. What came out was like the cover of a container; the thing sprang up and went like 60 metres away and landed on somebody’s house, bursts the roof and pierced into the parlour. But to God be the glory, nobody was injured in the house”, he revealed.
However, shedding more light on what really happened, the spokesman of the state’s police command, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, told our correspondent that the explosion was caused by a gas compressor and that it only impacted a mud house in the neighbourhood.
Aniamaka further explained that there was no need to whip the development much further as both the owner of the impacted property and the owners of the company had met and had agreed to sort out the situation without police help.
“It was just making a mountain out of a molehill, that’ll be the way to describe it. Yes, an air compressor was the cause of the explosion and affected a mud house, so to say. The owner of the house and the manager of the company; Ebenco Global Link Nigeria Limited, met and have agreed on their own terms to settle outside the police,” Aniamaka said.