10 feared dead as petrol tanker explodes in Kogi

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No fewer than ten people have lost their lives in a petrol tanker explosion in Lokoja, Kogi State on Wednesday morning.

Reports gathered that the petrol tanker rammed other vehicles at Felele in Lokoja and exploded as other incoming vehicles rammed it.

The accident occurred at about 8.30 according to an eye witness account.

Those reportedly affected include Kogi State Polytechnic students and some Primary School pupils.

Already, men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and firefighters are on hand to control the situation.

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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