Family of Five, Sch Children Perish In Kogi Tanker Accident As Road Safety Confirms 23 Dead

Family of Five, Sch Children Perish In Kogi Tanker Accident As Road Safety Confirms 23 Dead


LOKOJA – It was a gory tale on Wednesday in Lokoja, Kogi State capital as close to thirty persons were killed in a fire inferno ignited by a petrol tanker that lost control around Felele, Lokoja metropolis.
Though the Federal Road Safety Corp, FRSC put the casualties figure at 23 but unconfirmed sources said the figure was more if those who sustained injuries later died in the hospital are counted. .
Five students of Kogi state Polytechnic, three children on their way to primary school with their father and another mother with her two kids have been confirmed to be amongst the casualties.
The petrol tanker fully loaded with premium motor spirit, PMS, and belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,NNPC was said to have suffered brake failure around 8:30 am and rammed into five cars, two motorbikes and three tricycle popularly known as Keke NAPEP killing all occupants.
Also killed in the inferno was a business man identified simply as Pastor Samson, his wife and three children, who until his death was a member of Baptist Church, Felele.
Mr. Samson, a dealer in sewing machines was on his way to drop his children off at school as he normally does everyday before he will drive to his Shop when he met the unfortunate accident.
Eye witness account said, “I was about crossing the road when I noticed the tanker driver signalling to motorists to steer clear, but before I could say Jack Robinson, the tanker was on its side falling on all vehicles beside it. Immediately the tanker fell, fire started and incinerated all vehicles along its way” he said.
Members of the FRSC who arrived the scene around 10 am came with an Ambulance from Rescue/rehabilitation team to evacuate the corpses burnt beyond recognition while locals made frantic efforts to identify them.
Pigued by the sad development, some students of the state Polytechnic, Lokoja, whose colleagues were involved in the accident almost mob the FRSC rescuing team in expression of their anger.
However, the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp, Idris Fika Ali said 23 persons were killed in explosion while one child escaped with injuries.
Meanwhile, the Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello has expressed shock and sorrow over the Fatal Tanker Explosion’
A statement issued immediately by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Onogwu Mohammed said that, “Governor Bello is very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire while expressing his deepest condolences to the family of those affected by the ugly occurrence.
“This is sadly the greatest tragedies the state has witnessed in recent times. This unfortunate accident is a sad development and I share the feeling of those who lost their loves ones in this incident.”
The Governor also urged the students of the State Polytechnic to remained calm and peaceful, stating that he equally shared in their grieving moment over the death of some of their colleagues in the disaster.

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