At Least 23 Killed In Lokoja Tanker Explosion

 

At least 23 persons 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.

Over five vehicles were completely burnt in the road crash and eyewitnesses say some of the victims include students of Kogi Polytechnic.

Confirming the casualty figure to Channels Television, the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) 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.

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Eyewitnesses however say over 50 people may have been killed in the blaze, including some residents who were 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, 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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Governor Wada Announces 5 Million Naira Reward For Kidnappers’ Arrest  

governor wadaKogi State Governor, Captain Idris Wada, has pledged a five million Naira reward for any resident of the state, who would volunteer credible information that would lead to the arrest of kidnappers by the Police in the state.

The Governor, who made the pledge in Lokoja, Kogi State capital, during a working visit to the state Police headquarters, also said kidnapping was a new wave of crime in the state and should be fought with all seriousness by all residents.

On visiting the command, Governor Wada was received by the Commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi and other Senior Police Officers, after which he inspected a guard of honour and was later taken round some ongoing projects of the command.

Captain Wada commended Mr Ogunjemilusi for carrying out a laudable renovation of the command, also reiterating his government’s commitment to assisting the Police in working effectively.

The Governor commended the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, for giving out 31 Hilux Van and deployment of 350 policemen, including 25 police officers and 40 specialist to Kogi Command.

Mr Ogunjemilusi said: “In spite of the limited resources and the mega salary of the Police, the state command is resolute to protect the lives and property of the people”.

The Governor, who also took time to address the field Police Officers, thanked them for a job well done, and urged them to intensify efforts in the cause of their duties.

Wada later made cash donation and promised to renovate the police barracks and the A Division office in the state.