Many feared dead as fuel tanker fell and exploded in Oshigbudu community, in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State,
According to reports online, the tanker fell and exploded at the Oshigbudu-Obagaji junction, along Oweto-Abuja road on Sunday afternoon, April 18.
An eyewitness, identified as Enojo, said the fuel tanker was turning around Ubagaji/Oshigbudu junction when it fell down and spilled fuel which spread to a filling station and exploded.
“The tanker fell down at a junction in Oshigbudu and while the contents gushed out it spread to a filling station where it exploded. The situation is still tense we can not ascertain the number of lives lost but some people were caught up in the inferno.” He said.
Confirming the incident, the Vice Chairman of Agatu local government, John Ikwulono, many might have lost their lives and that the number of death is yet to be ascertained.
“At the moment, we can not ascertain the number of death now, the explosion happened at Ubagaji/Oshigbudu junction. The tanker was conveying fuel and fell down at that particular junction and fuel gushed out of the tanker and it spread to a nearby fuel station towards Oweto and the filling station caught fire and several houses around the area got burnt.” he stated.
Ikwulono added, “people who were not able to escape also got burnt. The situation is still on, it is a very terrible thing.”
“There is no fire service in Agatu and the only one we have in the zone, (senatorial district) is in Otukpo (which is about one hour drive to Oshigbudu) and when we contacted them, they said their vehicle had broken down.”
Ikwulono also revealed that he called the State Emergency and Maintenance Agency SEMA as well as National Emergency and Maintenance Agency NEMA to come to their aid.
Before they could arrive, people uses water to put out the fire as there was no fire service in the area.