Five people have been severely injured following a gas explosion that occurred at a shopping mall in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident which happened on Monday.
The injured persons who were staff of the mall, are in critical condition at the nearby Rivers State University Teaching Hospital (RSUTH), formerly Braithwaite Memorial Hospital.
According to the police PRO, the explosion occurred in the Kitchen area in the mall.
He noted that things have since returned to normal with people going about their businesses.
DSP Omoni added that investigations are ongoing to unravel the cause of the gas explosion.
The mall, popularly called Spar, belongs to the Rivers state government, in partnership with investors. It is situated beside the Government House, Port Harcourt.