By Ben Nsemo
The People of Kogi State may never forget the tragedy that befell them on the 23rd of September, 2020, following the accident that led to the explosion of a Fuel Tanker truck in Lokoja, the state capital.
The explosion, according to residents was said to had killed over 50 persons but the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC confirmed the death of 23 people.
While many mourned for losing one or two lives, PARADISE NEWS gathered that Mr. Idris Yusuf actually lost six (6) children to the inferno.
Yusuf’s 6 children were burnt to death in a car on their way to school, as fire from the fuel tanker truck consumed their vehicle.
Another man, identified only as Samson, also lost his wife and three children in the tragic incident.
Eyewitnesses said the accident took place after the driver of the tanker apparently lost control, causing him to collide with a series of vehicles, where at least five of them were burnt.
Residents feared that the death toll could rise to more than 50, given the large number of people on the side of the road waiting to board taxis to their various destinations.
The explosion also claimed the lives of travellers, school children, bystanders, including some students of Kogi State Polytechnic.
President Muhammadu Buhari in his condolence message said: “I am seriously worried about the frequency of these unfortunate and large scale tragedies in the country which cause needless deaths.”
He added that: “these frequent incidents that result in loss of lives and property are a national scandal caused by our indifference to safety standards.”
In the message signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu on Wednesday, Buhari further explained that “many accidents are preventable if proper proactive and precautionary measures are put in place or properly observed as routine policies.”
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