Many people have been feared killed by an explosion which rocked the Calabar branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) located along Calabar Road on Friday.
Although the number of casualties has not been officially confirmed, eyewitness information has it that no fewer than 10 persons may have been killed and about 30 others critically injured by the blast which rocked the main building of the bank about noon.
It was not clear if the explosion was of a bomb, but sources who pleaded not to be mentioned said smoke was noticed billowing out from a spot within the CBN building for about 30 minutes before a loud explosion followed.
Aside from the dead and the injured, parts of the main building of the CBN were also shattered, while surrounding buildings, in the area which host many banks, were shaken as a result of the loud impact of the explosion.
Some people in Etim Edem Motor Park and Watt Market located about 300 metres from the CBN branch said they heard the loud explosion and were visibly shaken.
The premises of the CBN and the area between Calabar Road by Mary Slesor Road and Calabar Road by Barracks Road in the heart of Calabar, the Cross River State capital, has been cordoned off by the police and other security personnel.
The military, police, the civil defence corps, the fire service, and the medical personnel with their ambulances have been drafted to the scene of the blast.