At least ten persons have been confirmed dead after a petrol tanker exploded Wednesday morning in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State.
The accident occurred at Felele area.
According to witnesses, the incident occurred around 8:00 a.m. when the tanker lost control and rammed into oncoming vehicles.
Those affected include Kogi State Polytechnic students and some Primary School pupils.
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.”
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.