Kogi explosion: Governor Bello declares 2-day mourning

Kogi explosion: Governor Bello declares 2-day mourning

- Governor Yahaya Bello has mourned with victims of the Felele explosion that killed many persons on Wednesday, September 23

- The governor also declared two days of mourning to honour the dead

- Bello called on the federal government to help affected families with relief materials

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Governor Yayaha Bello has reacted to the tanker explosion that claimed a lot of lives and damaged many cars in Felele, Kogi state on Wednesday, September 23.

In a statement made by the state's commissioner for information and communication, Kingsley Fanwo, the governor declared two-day mourning to honour the victims of the inferno.

The statement noted that this decision is due to the state government's respect for the lives of the Kogi people.

Fanwo also called on the residents and indigenes of the state to use it as an avenue for deep and sober reflection, adding that the heart of the governor is with them in this trying time.

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Kogi explosion: Governor Bello declares 2-day mourning
Governor Yahaya Bello (Photo credit: The Nation)
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The commissioner also called on the federal government to support the state with relief material to victims of the disaster.

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Part of the statement read:

“As a result of the importance placed on the lives of our people, the government has declared a two-day state mourning to honor the departed souls.
“Government wishes to reiterate her call on road users to act responsibly in order to avert unfortunate situations that simple care and caution could have averted. Full investigations will also be carried out to determine the cause of the painful incident.
“The Kogi state government wishes to assure families that lost loved ones and those whose houses were affected of support at this trying moment. We also call on relevant federal government agencies to provide relief materials to support what the State Government shall be providing."

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Earlier, a petrol tanker explosion that erupted in Felele, along the Lokoja-Abuja road in Kogi on Wednesday, September 23, claimed the lives of many persons including students of the Kogi State Polytechnic (KSP).

Eyewitnesses revealed to journalists that the fuel tanker collided with another vehicle in motion and thus caused an instant explosion.

The tragedy got worse when other oncoming vehicles drove into the huge flames and resulted in the destruction of not less than 10 cars.

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