Lokoja tanker explosion: Family of six perish, 23 dead

Lives burnt into charcoals as Petrolrum tanker explodes in Lokoja along Felele.
Tochi Juliet

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Kogi State Command, has confirmed the death of twenty-three (23) persons in a tanker explosion that occurred in the early hours of Wednesday along Felele – Nataco axis of Abuja – Lokoja road.

It was gathered that a whole family of six who was caught in the inferno all died before help could come their way except one who miraculously escaped with injuries all over.

Confirming the incident on Wednesday afternoon, the Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Idris Ali gave the figures of the victims to include ten adult males, six female adults, three female children and four other children who were burnt beyond recognition.

The Sector Commander said ten vehicles including five cars, one tanker, three tricycles and two motorcycles were involved in the accident.

He added that their relatives have already claimed eleven of the corpses while the rest have been deposited in the morgue at the Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja

An eye witness report stated that the tanker failed break at GT Plaza at Felele and collided with the vehicles in its front, causing the fatal accident.

It was gathered that sympathizers watched helplessly as no fire fighting vehicles from the State or Federal Fire Services came to the scene to put off the fire.

The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has expressed shock over the unfortunate incident.

In a statement by Onogwu Muhammed, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, it reads:

“This is sadly the greatest tragedy the state has witnessed in recent times. The unfortunate accident is a sad development. I share the feeling of those who lost their loved ones in this incident.”

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.

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