Nigeria: Ten Dead in Lokoja Tanker Explosion

23 September 2020

Not less than 10 persons have been confirmed dead after a petrol tanker exploded at Felele area of Lokoja, Kogi State Capital, on Wednesday.

According to witnesses, the incident occurred around 8:00 a.m. when the tanker lost control and rammed into oncoming vehicles.

Some of the victims include Kogi polytechnic students and a primary school pupil.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that for more than one hour, no fire service within the state capital responded to the emergency.

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."

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.

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