Professor of Physics and chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Simon P. Mallam is among the six people killed in a gas explosion at the Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna Metropolis on Saturday.
Kaduna state deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, along with the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, and other government officials visited the home of the deceased at Goni-Gora and condoled the family.
A statement from his community issued by Francis Donatus Gwaza read: “We the Kagoro community regret to announce the death of one of our prominent sons of the land on his way back from the New Year celebration. “Prof. Simon P. Mallam’s life was lost at [the scene of a recent gas explosion that took place in Ungwan/Boro of Sabon-Tasha Comminity of Chikun Local Government area in Southern Kaduna.
“Before his death, he was a professor of Physics with the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, and the present chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission. “May his Soul Rest in Peace and may God Almighty Comfort his entire Family. Amen.”
It was gathered that his remains have been deposited at the Sabon Tasha General Hospital.
The premises of major hospitals in Kaduna were besieged by families and friends of people believed to be near the scene of the gas explosion on Saturday