A technician and another person were killed in a gas explosion at the Conference Hotel in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of the state, owns the hotel in Okemosan.

Three other people were injured in the explosion and are currently being treated in a hospital.

The explosion was caused by a fake gas cylinder used while servicing a revolving door at the hotel, according to Hotel Facility Manager Engr Tunde Osinubi, who confirmed the incident.

“A routine maintenance of the automatic revolving door at the entrance of the hotel reception which involved the use of oxyacetylene gas to weld the door hinges was being carried out.

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“The oxyacetylene gas cylinder suddenly exploded, killing the technician and one other person yet-to-be identified,” Osinubi said in a statement.

He suspected that “the gas cylinder purchased at the open market may be fake and unable to withstand gas pressure.”

The management of the hotel has sympathised with families and friends of the deceased, warning the general public to be beware of fake gas cylinders in the market.

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