At least eighteen persons have been severely roasted while others sustained third degree burns in an inferno at the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, following an explosion at the premises of the Bank located at Calabar Road by the Millennium Park around 11:45am on Friday, Vanguard reports
The cause of the explosion remains unknown, however, it was gathered that many staff and visitors were trapped at the main edifice of the bank.
A source at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, said that scores of injured persons were seen being brought into the emergency unit of the hospital.
“I could count up to seven people with serious burns,” the source said.
In the same vein, an Official of the Federal Fire Service at the Calabar Airport said:
“I cannot give exact figures of how many people are dead but many people were burnt beyond recognition while many sustained third degree burns; rescue operation is going on to ensure everyone is brought out soon.”
Speaking on the incident, the Assistant Inspector Genral of Police, A I G Zone six, Mr Baba Bolanta said so far eighteen persons were casualty but no death has been recorded.