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06 January 2020

DPR to sanction illegal gas operators over Kaduna explosion

Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, has threatened to sanction all unlicensed LPG retail outlets and operators with stiff penalties.

The DPR North West Zonal Operations Controller, Isa Tafida, made this known in Kaduna; while reacting to Saturday’s gas explosion at Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State which killed five persons, including a professor, and destroyed valuable properties.

The Police in a statement, after the incident in Kaduna, confirmed that five persons were killed, while four others sustained injuries.

Tafida, who condoled with victims of the explosion, said the gas retailer operated illegally, without even a category D license being issued to retailers in the zone.

He urged investors, gas plant operators and retailers to obtain the required license, that would ensure safe handling of gas, to avoid similar accidents in the future.

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