Kano explosion: Police investigation confirm 8 dead, says shop suspected to be selling explosives making device


The Kano State Police Command through its Spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa has revealled result of its continued investigation on the Ssbon Gari explosion in Kano that claimed lives.

According to Kiyawa, 9 People were confirmed dead and 8 Injured victims treated and discharged.

He added that “arrest has been Made and Case under Investigatigation”

“In continuation of an investigation of suspected Gas / Chemical Explosion that occurred on the 17/05/2022 at No. 01 Aba/Court Road Sabon Gari Quarters Kano that led to a building collapse which housed four shops and residential apartment the upstairs, 9 people were certified dead by a Medical Doctor and 8 victims including students of Winners Kids Academy opposite the collapsed building that sustained minor injuries as a result of shock waves were treated and discharged. Those that lost their lives as a result of the explosion are;
i. Ejike Vincent (Wielder)
ii. Michael Adejo (Chemical Seller)
iii. Musa Kalla (Tea Seller)
iv. Christiana Abosade
v. Mary
vi. Austine Dada
vii. Madam Owoleke
viii. Omo Ben
ix. Bose Oladapo”

Further revelation on the incident, the command “revealed that, among the 9 victims of the explosion, one of them deals in illicit storage of toxic chemicals and other hazardous materials. He was later identified as Michael Adejo (now late). Items recovered at the scene include;
i. Five (5) Bottles of different brands of Acidic Liquid
ii. Three (3) Bags of Potassium substance
iii. One (1) Jeri can of mixed chemicals
iv. Six and a half (6.5) Cartons of Snuff (Tobacco)
v. Five (5) Drums of Polymer (Chemical)

“Technical Investigation conducted by the command’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal – Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence (EOD-CBRN) revealed that the explosion is suspected to be occurred as a result of mixed Chemical / Gas reactions exposed to a source of heat, such as fire, spark or increase in pressure resulting in combustion/shock waves, creating an explosion which can have shattering effects.

“Meanwhile arrests have been made linking one of the collapsed shop with dealings in sales of illicit, toxic chemical substances and combustible materials suspected to be used for making Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Evidence of purchase was also recovered. An investigation is in progress.”