Manly lives are feared to have been lost after a petrol tanker exploded yesterday in Agudo village, Tarka local Government Benue state.
Tarka which is the ancestral home of Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Senator George Akume, saw many houses consumed in the explosion.
According to an eyewitness, Justice Anzembe, who spoke with The Nation, the tanker which was heading towards Gboko from Makurdi attempted to wade through a bush burning on the highway, causing an explosion.
The incident, which caught the residents of the sleepy Agudo community unaware, also destroyed many houses and property.
Bush burning in Benue state is a way of life, especially during dry season where people go after bush meat.
The tanker driver was believed to have been caught in the bush fire unawares.