- A fully loaded petrol tanker exploded in Gombe metropolis in northern Nigeria on Saturday, April 13, killing several people and burning several cars
- Eyewitnesses said the explosion occurred after the tanker was involved in an accident with a truck carrying bottled water
- Officials of the Nigerian Red Cross Society took away the burned bodies of victims of the explosion
At least 10 people have reportedly died when a petroleum tanker exploded on Saturday, April 13 afternoon in Gombe state.
Daily Trust quotes eyewitnesses as saying that the tanker, which was fully loaded with petrol, collided with another truck that was carrying bottled water along Gombe southern bypass.
Officials of the Nigerian Red Cross Society were said to have evacuated from the explosion scene no fewer than 10 bodies which were burnt beyond recognition.
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With a similar report, Sahara Reporters writes that officials of the Gombe State Fire Service were trying to put out the fire at press time.
Legit.ng reports that worrying incidences of oil tanker accidents and explosions are common in Nigeria.
An accident involving a kerosene tanker marked EFF81XA led to the death of seven persons along the Upper Iweka Road in Onitsha, Anambra state a month ago on Wednesday, March 13
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Twelve other people were also injured in the accident which was confirmed by the Anambra State Police Command on Thursday, March 14.
A statement by the command’s spokesmen, Haruna Mohammed, said the tanker’s driver knocked down 19 people after losing control along the service lane.
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Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Saturday, April 13 called on Nigerians to stop panic buying of petrol and diesel as there was enough of the products in circulation.
Tayo Aboyeji, the NUPENG's southwest chairman, made the call in an interview in Lagos.
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