23 feared dead as Petroleum tanker explodes in Lokoja Remains of burnt vehicles in the Lokoja petroleum tanker explosion. Credit: Aljazeera

23 feared dead as Petroleum tanker explodes in Lokoja

It was a terrific experience for several families in Lokoja Wednesday as a tanker transporting petroleum products explodes in the capit city of Kogi.

No less than 23 persons has been reported dead in the terrible explosion of the said petroleum tanker.

Report by Aljazeera shows that the tanker lost control and rammed into five cars, three tricycles and two motorcycles on the Lokoja-Abuja highway.

Confirming the incident, Kogi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Idris Fika Ali, confirmed a total of 23 victims who met their end in the terrific explosion while only one child survive with severe injuries.

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In his speech, the president of the federation, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd.), described the incident as a disturbing and saddening occurrence.

He said; “the death of the 23 persons represents another disturbing and saddening incident in the litany of tragedies that have befallen our country”.

The President further expressed great concerns over the endless bloodshed in different part of the Country which he described as “unfortunate tragedies”.

He said; “I am seriously worried about the frequency of these unfortunate and large scale tragedies in the country which cause needless deaths.”

However, the FRSC has blamed the tragic occurrence to bad roads, recklessness, lack of regulations as well as disobedience to basic safety rules.

Furthermore, the Corp, charged with maintaining security on the road, revealed that nine children were involved in the ghastly accident which occurred opposite a filling station along the highway.

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