The Kogi State Government has declared two-day mourning for the 23 victims of Wednesday’s tanker explosion in Felele, Lokoja.
No less than twenty-three people, including seven school children reportedly died in a fuel tanker fire accident which occurred at Felele area of Lokoja, Kogi.
The State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Idris Ali, had disclosed that seven school children comprising 10 male adults and six female adults.
Ali said that three of the children were females while the remaining four were burnt beyond recognition.
He said five of the dead victims were students and staff of the Kogi State Polytechnic located few metres away from the scene of the incident.
According to him, 24 people were involved in the accident which occurred some minutes before 8 a.m., and that only one female child survived with a minor injury.
The commander said that 10 vehicles, including five cars, three tricycles and two motorcycles were also burnt in the inferno.
The state government has now declared two-day mourning for the victims, according to a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr Kingsley Fanwo in Lokoja on Thursday.
Fanwo urged residents of the state to use the period for a sober reflection as well as pray for the victims and their relations, adding that Gov. Yahaya Bello was deeply touched by the incident.
”In this time of grief, we urge the people to be deep in sober reflection and stand together for one another to pull out of the agonising loss,” Fanwo said.
He urged road users to always act responsibly to avoid accidents while reaffirming government commitment towards the safety and well-being of the people.
Fanwo said the government will carry out full investigations into the accident to determine the immediate and remote causes.
” The Kogi government wishes to assure families that lost loved ones and those whose houses were affected by support at this trying moment.
“We also call on relevant federal agencies to provide relief materials to support what the state government shall be providing.
“Our hearts are with the affected families. May the souls of the departed rest in peace,” he said.