Gas explosion rocks UNN hostel
As the residents of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, college community were enjoying their Sunday, drama struck the college’s Akpabio Hostel, resulting in pandemonium from the sound of an explosion.
The explosion occurred precisely in room 106 of said inn and is said to have come from a leaking gas bottle.
The victims allegedly tried to cook with the faulty cylinder when the cylinder exploded.
University sources revealed that there is a no-cooking rule in the hostel, which the victims flouted by smuggling and using their gas cooker and stove to cook inside the hostel.
The victims, who were two university undergraduates, suffered third-degree burns and had to be transferred from UNN Medical Center to the trauma center at the National Orthopedic Hospital by their parents.
Confirming the accident to Nsukka reporters on Monday, Vice Chancellor Prof Charles Igwe regretted the incident, pointing out that he has set up a committee to undertake a door-to-door search of hostels to track down offenders to the rule against cooking in hostels and charged that the culprits would be sent off campus where they would be free to cook for themselves.
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