From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has mourned Professor Simon P. Mallam and the five other persons who lost their lives as a result of a gas explosion in Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna metropolis on Saturday.
This was as Kaduna State Police Command disclosed the identity of victims of the gas explosion.
Prof. Simon P. Mallam, a renowned Nuclear Physicist from Kaura local government area in the southern part of Kaduna State was until his death the Director General of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission.
SOKAPU President, Hon. Jonathan Asake in a statement condoled with the families of the victims and called on the government and other relevant regulatory agencies to enforce safety regulations for life threatening businesses such as gas outlets and petrol stations that are situated in residential areas to avoid future recurrence of avoidable loss of precious lives.
According to the SOKAPU president, “SOKAPU on behalf of the the 67 Ethnic Nationalities represented by the various Community Development Associations, send our heartfelt condolences to the family of late Prof. Simon P. Mallam, on the very painful exit of this rare gem, a great icon and an illustrious son of Southern Kaduna whose sad event occurred on Saturday the 4th of January, 2020 following a very regrettable gas explosion that occurred and took his life when he was within the vicinity of the accident.
“Our heartfelt condolences also to the families of the six persons killed alongside Prof. Mallam. May God grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss
“To those that were wounded and receiving treatment in the various hospitals in Sabon Tasha, St. Gerald’s Hospital and Barau Dikko, we wish them a quick recovery.”