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Scores feared dead, properties destroyed in Lokoja tanker explosion

No fewer than thirty persons are said to have lost their lives in a tanker fire inferno in the early hours of today, when a tanker laden laden with Premium Motor Spirit lost control following a brake failure and rammed into five other oncoming vehicles.
An eyewitness account have it that no fewer than five vehicles were completely burnt in the road crash while no fewer that 30 persons including students of Kogi Polytechnic.
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, 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.

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