Several people have been confirmed dead after a petrol tanker Wednesday exploded in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
Reports suggest the incident occurred around 8:30 am when the truck lost control and rammed into oncoming vehicles claiming lives of some students of the state’s polytechnic and a primary school pupil.
The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has since expressed shock at the incident and communicated his condolence to the families of those affected by the explosion.
In the statement signed by his spokesperson, Onogwu Muhammed, the governor said “It is very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire.”
He however urged students of the Kogi State Polytechnic to remain calm and peaceful, saying he shares their grief over the death of some of their colleagues in the disaster.