A petrol tanker exploded in Lokoja, the capital of Kogi State, in the early hours of today, September 23rd, 2020.
Due to the widespread damage and intensity of the inferno, there are fears that many people might have lost their lives to the fire.
According to multiple online reports, the accident occurred at Felele area of Kogi state.
Those reportedly affected include Kogi State Polytechnic students and some Primary School pupils.
As at the time of filling this report, the state fire service were yet to visit the scene, and the cause of the fire remains unknown.
Incidents of petrol tanker explosion is becoming rampant in Nigeria, with citizens urging the government to take measures so as to curb the incessant loss of life.
Recall that in July 22, several persons reportedly burnt to death when a petrol tanker fell and exploded into flames near Koko Junction on the Benin/Sapele Expressway in Ethiope West council area of Delta State. Four vehicles were burnt in the incident.
Officials of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and security agencies evacuated bodies and rushed the injured to a hospital in Oghara community.
The incident has caused a traffic snarl, forcing mobile policemen to take up emergency traffic control duties.
Police spokesperson Onome Onowakpoyeya said three persons died in the incident.