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Tanker Fire Kills 12 Persons In Benue

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Not less than 12 lifeless our bodies have been recovered on Sunday on the scene of a petroleum tanker explosion at Oshigbudu junction within the Agatu Native Authorities Space of Benue state.

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The State Sector Commander of the Federal Street Security Corps (FRSC), Yakubu Mohammed, disclosed this in an announcement.



Mohammed stated the tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was heading to Abuja from the Otukpo space of the state when the automobile’s brakes allegedly failed, skidded off the highway and exploded in flames.

“The variety of deaths on account of the explosion is 12 however there might be deaths that might be past our purview to know however the State Emergency Administration Company, SEMA or Nationwide Emergency Administration Company, NEMA, might fish them out.

“You realize that the homes that acquired burnt within the incident won’t be categorized as crash so when these companies go to the homes, they might uncover extra corpses from the particles.

“However these concerned within the crash have been 12. Of the quantity, eight have been males, three have been females, and a baby.

“In view of this indictment, I wish to name on all petroleum tanker homeowners to make sure the instant set up of security valves on their tankers to make sure the protection of lives, properties, and the merchandise their autos convey.

“It’s disheartening to see some petroleum tankers nonetheless plying the roads with out security valves mounted on them regardless of the February 2021 deadline earlier issued.
“Any driver caught contravening the usual will threat going to jail. Tanker drivers must be security aware at all times and may abide by all security guidelines and laws.

“I assured members of the general public that FRSC won’t relaxation on its oars at making certain self-discipline on the highway. And the command would at all times be prepared to reply promptly to any rescue operations simply as we’re able to at all times accomplice with all stakeholders to make sure a safer highway tradition in Benue state,” he stated.

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