10 dead, 6 injured as as petrol tanker catches fire in Lokoja
- 10 people have been burnt to death in Lokoja while many sustained serious injuries
- The accident occurred at Felele area of Lokoja on Friday July 28
- Most of the victims were passengers travelling in an 18-seater commercial bus
Ten people were burnt beyond recognition while six others sustained serious injuries when a petrol tanker went up in flames in Felele area of Lokoja on Friday July 28.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi State, Mr Segun Martins, who confirmed this in Lokoja, said most of the victims were passengers travelling in an 18-seater commercial bus.
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Also affected were one commercial tricycle operator, the driver and motor boy of the fuel tanker.
He said the death toll might rise as some of those who sustained injuries were in critical situation.
Martins said the dead and injured victims were moved to various hospitals in Lokoja.
Eye witnesses said that the accident was due to a head-on collision between the bus, coming from Abuja and the tanker coming from the opposite direction.
They said that the impact of the collision ignited the fire which spread to other vehicles while the entire area was covered by smoke for many hours.
Men of the state Fire Service Department, who arrived the scene at about 2:20 pm, could not to really help due to lack of water in their vehicles.
The accident led to disruption in vehicular movement on the ever busy Okene -Lokoja -Abuja Road but FRSC officials, police and sympathizers were seen trying to open the road.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has received 188,588 signatures out of the 360,098 registered voters for the recall of Dino Melaye from the Senate.
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Melaye is a senator representing Kogi West senatorial district.
The commission in Abuja on Wednesday, June 21, received six bags, which contained the signatures of 52.3% of the electorates from the zone and other petitions.
Watch this Legit.ng TV video about the recall process for Dino Melaye.