No fewer than 30 persons including school children have been confirmed dead and many others injured following a tanker explosion on Wednesday morning at the Felele axis of Lokoja the Kogi State capital.
The accident involving a tanker, five vehicles, three tricycles and two motorcycles occurred around 8:00 am on Wednesday. An eye witness said a tanker loaded with petrol, in an attempt to manoeuvre failed its breaks and in the process fell on its side trapping other vehicles.
Among those killed and burnt beyond recognition were five students of the state-owned polytechnic, three nursery school pupils, and passersby.
Also killed was a businessman identified simply as Samson, his wife, and three children.
Samson reportedly sells sewing machines in Lokoja and went to drop his children off at school as he usually does.
The accident resulted to a lot of 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, 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,” he said.
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.