23 Killed In Kogi Tanker Explosion
At least 23 persons have been confirmed dead and many others injured following a tanker explosion on Wednesday morning at the Felele axis of Lokoja the Kogi State capital.
Over five vehicles were completely burnt in the road crash and eyewitnesses say some of the victims include students of Kogi Polytechnic.
Confirming the casualty figure, the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi State, Idris Fika says at least 23 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.
The accident occurred after a truck laden with Premium Motor Spirit lost control following a brake failure and rammed into five other oncoming vehicles.
Eyewitnesses however say over 50 people may have been killed in the blaze, including some residents who were waiting to board commercial vehicles by the roadside.
Reacting to the explosion, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, expressed shock and sorrow.
In the statement signed by his spokesperson, Onogwu Muhammed, the governor expressed his condolence to the families of those affected by the occurrence.
“It is very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire,” he said.
The governor, however, urged the students of Kogi State Polytechnic to remain calm and peaceful, stating that he shared in their grieving moment over the death of some of their colleagues in the disaster.
See more photos from the accident scene below…
Fire Outburst at Felele, Lokoja. this morning. A very Black Wednesday over here😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/2KJfKwRkwW
— La_Flame ii (@its_emilector) September 23, 2020
Okay this Felele my area where i was brought up, this is not the first time things like this have been happening, our road is bad and that's the major problem we're facing in that state it is now on record that ever year something bad must happen 😭 pic.twitter.com/VZMpOxZzu1
— Tiwatope💕 (@TiwatopeTemmy) September 23, 2020