About 25 persons have been confirmed dead and many others injured following a tanker explosion Wednesday morning at the Felele axis of Lokoja the Kogi State capital.
Over five vehicles were completely burnt in the road crash an eyewitnesses says some of the victims include students of Kogi Polytechnic and a Primary School pupul.
Confirming the casualty figure to the the press the Kogi State police spokesman Willy Aya says at least 25 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.
The accident occurred after a truck laden with Premium Motor Spirit lost control following a brake failure and rammed into five other oncoming vehicles.
The police said that several victims were burnt beyond recognition, many of them were pedestrians, including the students who were crossing the road to go to the college.
Local resident Iliyasu Zakari said others who died included a group who were killed inside their car.
Reacting to the explosion, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, expressed shock and sorrow.
In the statement signed by his spokesperson, Onogwu Muhammed, the governor expressed his condolence to the families of those affected by the occurrence.
“It is very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire,” he said.
The governor, however, urged the students of Kogi State Polytechnic to remain calm and peaceful, stating that he shared in their grieving moment over the death of some of their colleagues in the disaster.
Footage of the aftermath shared on social media shows a huge plume of black smoke rising into the air at the site of the crash.