By Ismail Auwal
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), on Tuesday, said that the death toll from the Sabon Gari explosion has increased to 9.
The agency’s spokesperson, Manzo Ezekiel, said in a statement that all nine bodies had been recovered from the scene of the explosion.
The rescue operation according to the statement was coordinated by the Director-General of the agency, Mustapha Habib.
“Nine dead bodies have been recovered so far from the rubbles of a collapsed building beside a primary school following explosions from a gas cylinder at Aba Road in Sabon Gari area of Kano.
“Director-General National Emergency Management Agency, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, was at the site of the incident and coordinated the rescue operations,” he said.
He noted that the NEMA NEMA team will ensure complete removal of the rubbles to retrieve all trapped persons.
“Furthermore, the DG instructed the NEMA rescue team to remain at the site until the conclusion of the rescue and to work together with security agencies and other response organisations present at the location.
“NEMA is presently coordinating the rescue operations involving members, Nigerian Red Cross, military, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Kano SEMA,” he explained.