Kerosene explosion has killed two children and left three others injured. The incident occurred in Ikono Ibom Clan in Uyo Local Council of Akwa Ibom state.
Mr. Nsikak Michael, a Keke NAPEP operator and father of three suffered severe burns from the explosion, which also resulted in the death of two of his children.
Narrating the incident, Mr. Nsikak, who also operates a small poultry farm near his home in Ikot Enyingne Ikono, said:
“I bought kerosene from a filling station along Idoro road as I closed from my Keke business. Upon getting home, I decided to light up the lantern in my poultry farm to keep my birds warm but needed to top up the kerosene in the lamp as it was soon going off.
“So I came out of the poultry farm just as my kids followed. As I attempted to light up the lantern there was a loud explosion with a big flame of fire which left me unconscious.”
One of the two children died immediately on the spot, while the other died yesterday at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, where they were rushed to for treatments.
The chairman of Uyo Local Government Transition Committee, Mfon Ben and wife, Bridget visited Mr. Nsikak who lies critically ill at the Hospital as a mark of concern and love for the people.
Also at the hospital, another woman from the same community with her three months old baby was also a victim of kerosene explosion.
Mr. Ben condoled with the families of the victims over the gruesome incidents and advised members of the public to be cautious and vigilant. He also gave the assurance that perpetrators of the unwholesome act would be brought to book.