Twenty-three persons or more have lost their lives and many others injured following a tanker explosion on Wednesday morning at the Felele area of Lokoja in Kogi State capital.
According to an eyewitness, The road crash burnt Over five vehicles was victims includes Kogi Polytechnic students.
Confirming the casualty figure to Channels Television, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in Kogi State, Idris Fika, says at least 23 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.
The accident occurred after a truck laden with Premium Motor Spirit lost control following a brake failure and rammed into five other oncoming vehicles.
As opposed to what is being reported, Eyewitnesses say over 50 people may have been killed in the blaze, including some residents waiting to board commercial vehicles by the roadside.
As at the time of this report, there is tension around the area, after law enforcement officials left the scene, with students of nearby Kogi Polytechnic protesting the frequent road accidents in the area.
Reacting to the explosion, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, expressed shock and sorrow.
In the statement signed by his spokesperson regarding to the Lokoja Tanker Explosion , Onogwu Muhammed, the governor expressed his condolence to the families of those affected by the occurrence.
His exact words were:
“It is very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire,” he said.
However, the governor 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.
Pictures from the accident scene below…