A 21-year-old student of Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTEC), has died from a kerosene explosion just less than two weeks after her matriculation in Cross River State.
The lady identified as Eke Ukam Ogholo, lost her life on Wednesday evening when she attempted to light a lantern after buying kerosene from a filling station, opposite her home at Ikot Nkebre.
One of her neighbours, simply identified as Pamela, said an explosion was heard from Eke’s house around 8pm. Neighbours rushed to the scene and found Eke in a pool of blood.
“It was unfortunate because Eke just matriculated at CRUTEC on April 9, which was on a Monday.We all went to share the moment of joy with her. Today is just April 25, and she’s now dead, about to be buried.”
Another neighbour, who wishes to remain anonymous, said:
“The incident was the fifth in Ikot Nkebre community. Four people had earlier died, while a n o t h e r victim is in the hospital. Even the one in the hospital may not survive because of the degree of injuries she sustained. Before, people used to say that we should buy kerosene from filling stations. But now, people are dying from kerosene bought at filling stations.”
Eke was taken to her Biase home for burial yesterday as neighbours, friends and the university community continued to mourn her.
NNPC Alerts on Adulterated Kerosene
Nigerians, especially those residing in Delta and Edo States, have been advised to desist from buying kerosene from unauthorized outlets and dealers as they run the risk of buying adulterated product that could result in explosions and fire accidents.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Levi Ajuonuma, issued this directive on Thursday in a statement alerting the Nigerian public of the recent act of vandalism on the Warri – Benin pipeline in which the vandals made away with kerosene adulterated with AGO (popularly known as diesel) and PMS (popularly known as petrol).
“We wish to alert members of the public of the presence of adulterated kerosene in the market, especially in the Warri-Benin axis, as a result of the nefarious activities of pipeline vandals who attacked our Warri – Benin products pipeline and made away with kerosene mixed with AGO and PMS. The vandals may bring the stolen product to the market for sale to unsuspecting members of the public.
Such adulterated kerosene could cause explosions and fire accidents. The consequences of past kerosene explosions are still very fresh in our mind, we cannot afford to have a repeat of such tragic incidents. We are therefore appealing to members of the public to be vigilant and desist from procuring kerosene from unauthorized dealers and outlets so as to avoid getting the adulterated products into their homes,” Dr Ajuonuma stated.