Fuel Tanker Explosion Claims Lives of School Pupils, Commuters in Kogi

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  • Governor Bello express shock.

Several persons, including school children, were burnt beyond recognition as a result of petrol tanker explosion in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital on Wednesday morning.

It was reliably gathered that the petrol tanker rammed into other vehicles at Felele in Lokoja and exploded while other incoming vehicles were caught in the inferno.

No fewer than ten vehicles were burnt down while the road has been closed down temporarily to enable the men of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) clear the road for easy flow of traffic.

According to an eye witness, the incident occurred at about 8.30 in the morning.

As at the time of filing this report, the Deputy Governor of the state, Chief Edward Onoja has rushed to the scene for on-the-spot assessment. Also, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps and fire fighters were on hand to control the situation.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has expressed shock over the unfortunate fatal tanker explosion.

In a statement issued by his chief press secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, Governor Bello said the fatal accident is sadly the greatest tragedy the state has witnessed in recent times while describing the unfortunate accident as a sad development.

The Governor also urged the students of Kogi State Polytechnic to remain calm and peaceful, stating that he equally shared in their grieving moment over the death of some of their colleagues in the disaster.

He expressed his deepest condolences to the family of those affected by the ugly occurrence.

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