Earlier, Kano Police Commissioner Samaila Shuaibu Dico told CNN that the explosion occurred from a gas cylinder near a school in the Sabon Gari area of Kano.
“It was a gas explosion. There was a welder in the vicinity of the area and his gas cylinder exploded very close to a private school … We recovered four casualties, including the welder and a woman. .
The local police chief said an unknown number of people were injured but did not give further details about the situation due to the blast.
Kano’s information commissioner, Mohammad Garba, also told CNN that no children’s school infrastructure was damaged in the blast.
“The blast occurred near a shop where animal feed was being sold. The site of the blast was opposite a nursery and primary school …. No school building was damaged.”
An eyewitness account of a suicide bomber has been leaked.
Kano police chief Deco, however, insisted the incident was a gas cylinder explosion and described the suicide bombing report as “malicious information”.
“There is no coverup. We were at the scene with our experts. We recovered a lot of chemicals from inside the welding workshop. It was a gas cylinder explosion,” the police commissioner told CNN.
Human rights lawyer Chidi Odinakalu argued that authorities did not have enough time to determine the cause of the explosion and that the state did not have adequate laboratory facilities to analyze just hours after the explosion.
“Even if they determine that it was a gas explosion, they must deny that the gas was used as a weapon to attack,” he added. “It simply came to our notice then.
The use of substandard cooking and welding gas cylinders, as well as direct contact with fires in densely populated areas, has caused explosions in the past.
A welded gas cylinder is a common sight in many temporary welding stores in Nigeria due to its relevance to craftsmanship.