Chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission Professor Simon Mallam killed in Kaduna gas explosion, leaving Buhari heartbroken

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The Chairman of Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission, Professor Simon Mallam, his son, and three others, were killed in a gas explosion at Sabon Tasha area of Kaduna on Saturday, the presidency in Nigeria confirmed in a statement sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C. on Sunday.

President Muhammadu Buhari expressed deep sadness over the gas explosion which led to their deaths, spokesman Garba Shehu said.

“I am deeply touched by this unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of Professor Simon Mallam, his son and others,” President Buhari said.

“The death of the erudite Professor has robbed Nigeria of a great scientist whose services were acutely needed at a time we are increasing emphasis on science and technology for development.

“I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family and those of other victims of the gas explosion. May God comfort these families and give them the fortitude to bear the loss,” President Buhari added.

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