- Kogi state has been thrown into mourning following the petrol tanker explosion on Wednesday
- A popular cleric in the state lost six children to the accident while a business man, his wife and three kids also died
- The FRSC said 23 people were confirmed dead but residents of the area put the figure at over 50
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The tragic Kogi tanker accident which happened on Wednesday, September 23, has reportedly claimed the lives of at least 23 people.
Many others were also injured following the petrol tanker explosion which gutted five other vehicles at the Felele area along the Lokoja-Abuja highway, Daily Trust reported.
The newspaper noted that the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) officially confirmed the death of 23 people while residents of the area put the figure at over 50.
Legit.ng gathers that two families lost 11 members in the accident while the whereabouts of some students of Kogi State Polytechnic could not be ascertained, heightening fears that they could be among the victims.
The family of a popular cleric in the state, Malam Idris Yusuf, reportedly lost six children to the ugly incident.
The cleric was said to have slumped when the news of their demise filtered in.
Also, a popular businessman called Samson, wife, three children and a neighbour’s son were among the victims of the tanker explosion.
Samson and his family were reportedly in his SUV when the tanker rammed into the vehicle while waiting for his side of the road to clear before accessing the highway.
Meanwhile, the state polytechnic, which reportedly lost some of its students in the incident has suspended activities over the development.
Ealier, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari expressed sadness over the tragic tanker explosion.
Buhari in reaction to the deaths confirmed by the FRSC stated that the incident represents another disturbing and saddening development in the litany of tragedies that have befallen the country.
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