The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR has threatened to sanction all unlicensed Liquefied Petroleum Gas, LPG retail outlets and operators with stiff penalties.

The DPR North-West Zonal Operations Controller Isa Tafida, made this known to newsmen in Kaduna while reacting to Saturday’s gas explosion at Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It would be recalled that the gas explosion killed five persons, including a professor, and destroyed valuable properties on January 4th.

The Police in a statement, after the incident in Kaduna, confirmed that five persons were killed, while four others sustained injuries.

Tafida who condoled with victims of the explosion, said that the gas retailer operated illegally, without even a category-D license being issued to retailers in the zone.

He urged investors, gas plant operators and retailers to obtain the required license, that would ensure safe handling of gas, to avoid similar accidents in the future.