A gas explosion has rocked Bovas filling station in the Offa Garage area of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
According to an eyewitness, who owns a shop close to the filling station, said the explosion happened around 11:00 am on Wednesday.
She added that several people were critically injured while trying to scamper for safety in order to escape from the explosion.
“The explosion occurred around some minutes to 11 this morning [Wednesday].
“We just heard a loud bang and smoke taking over the whole filling station, we all scampered for safety not knowing what was happening.
“In the ensuing melee, several people sustained bruises, while some of those in the filling station like hawkers, petrol attendants, and those buying fuel were injured,” she stressed.
Another eyewitness said: “The explosion was from the commercial gas plant located inside the filling station.
“It was dispensing and suddenly exploded.
“It was, however, immediately brought under control, although several people sustained varying degrees of injury.”