Three dead in an explosion at the BUA cement plant in Sokoto

Three people were confirmed dead in an explosion Friday morning at the BUA cement plant in Sokoto.

Factory management has yet to issue a statement on the incident.

But Sokoto State Fire Department spokesman Bello Baban-Addini confirmed the blast to reporters in a statement but did not provide details.

the a cement factory of three million metric tons per year was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in January this year.

How the explosion happened

The explosion occurred around 10 a.m. on Friday, but the details of the incident have just become known.

A factory worker, who simply gave his name as Sambo, told Vision FM Radio in Sokoto, in a program monitored by PREMIUM TIMES, that the blast happened when some staff in the section ” engineering” performed welding repairs on a diesel truck.

“I was in another section of the company, but some of the workers were welding a diesel truck in their part,” the worker said. “It was dangerous because how could you weld a truck full of diesel? That’s what caused the explosion. »

Asked about the number of people who died, Mr Sambo said: “Three people were confirmed dead because their bodies were identified and they were all burned. Several others were injured. Two ambulances just left before you arrived. We don’t know how many people died, but other workers have not been seen so far (Friday). »

He added that a Chinese staff member was among the missing.

The head of Illela Babba village where the factory is located, Ummaru Alhaji-Sani, said the blast was terrifying.

He said he thought the whole community would be swallowed up by hell.

“We heard it was while some of their workers were welding some of their work tools, but there was a fuel or diesel truck around the place. Some of the workers are from my people (from the community) and they told me that several people had lost their lives in the explosion,” he said.

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