Two persons, a staff and a construction worker died from the critical injuries sustained in the explosion.
Isaac Okoroafor, acting corporate affairs director of the bank gave the update.
“The fire, which broke out at about 12 noon in the banking hall of the premises, was apparently caused by a gas explosion from the air conditioners in the building which was undergoing some refurbishment at the moment.
As soon as the incident occurred, the CBN emergency alert system was activated, the Fire Service was called in, and the fire was immediately brought under control.
Following the explosion and fire, about twenty five (25) persons sustained various levels of injury, and are currently receiving treatment at hospitals in Calabar. Four of the injured have been discharged.
We are, however, very saddened to confirm that two of the critically injured, a CBN staff and a construction worker, have died at the hospital. We are now working with the bereaved families to determine next steps”, Okoroafor said.
The police had given a lower figure of 20 persons being injured, two of them in critical conditions.
The Commissioner of Police in Cross River, Mr Henry Fadairo said that the explosion, which caused panic in the state capital, was not a bomb blast as speculated.