kogi, explosion, children, dead


Not less than ten persons have been confirmed dead following tanker explosions at Felele area of Lokoja, Kogi State on Wednesday.

Some of the victims include five students of Kogi state polytechnic, three nursery school pupils, and passers-by.

Idris Fika Ali, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the explosion that occurred at Felele town along the Lokoja-Abuja Highway in Kogi State Wednesday morning.

The incident which involved a tanker belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), loaded with premium motor spirit also known as petrol happened when the tanker driver lost the control of the vehicle due to was said brake failure at about 8 am.

The tanker was reported to have fallen on five cars, two motorcycles, and three tricycles, popularly known as Keke, killing all the passengers in those vehicles.

Yahaya Bello, Governor of the state through Onogwu Mohammed, his Chief Press Secretary, grieved with families of the victims.

” Governor Bello is very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire while expressing his deepest condolences to the families of those affected by the ugly occurrence,”

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