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Many Feared Dead As Fuel Tanker Explodes In Benue

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An unconfirmed number of people were feared dead when a fuel tanker fell and exploded in Oshigbudu community, in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State,

 

It was gathered that the tanker fully loaded with petroleum products fell at the Oshigbudu-Obagaji junction, along Oweto-Abuja road on Sunday afternoon, April 18, and exploded.

 

Many feared dead as fuel tanker explodes in Benue

 

According to an eyewitness, who identified himself as Enojo, the fuel tanker was negotiating Ubagaji/Oshigbudu junction when it fell down and poured its content which spread to a filling station along the Oweto axis 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 told Nigerian Tribune.

 

The Vice-Chairman of Agatu local government, John Ikwulono, who confirmed the incident said that many people might have lost their lives in the tanker

 

“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 Owego and the filling station caught fire and several houses around the area got burnt,” he stated.

 

When asked of the casualty, Ikwulono said, “people who were not able to escape also got burnt. The situation is still on, it is a very terrible thing.”

 

Ikwulono said the situation was compounded due to the non-availability of fire service in the Local Government.

 

“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 has broken down,” he added.

 

Ikwulono said that the people had to resort to using water and detergent to put out the fire, but added that the damage has already been done.

 

He called on the State Emergency and Maintenance Agency SEMA as well as National Emergency and Maintenance Agency NEMA to come to their aid.

Meanwhile, the Honourable Member representing Apa/Agatu Federal Constituency of Benue State, Hon. Samuel Odagboyi Godday has expressed deep sadness over the incident.

 

Hon. Godday described the incident as a sad moment indeed for Oshigbudu community and the entire Agatu nation.

 

Godday called on the Federal Fire Service and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to establish an emergency fire service station within the constituency, considering the recent increase in vehicular and human traffic flow through the Oweto-Abuja route.

 

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