At least 23 persons have been confirmed dead following a tanker explosion on Wednesday morning at the Felele axis of Lokoja the Kogi State capital. Many have been confirmed injured.

Over five vehicles were completely burnt in the road accident and eyewitnesses say some of the victims include students of Kogi Polytechnic.

The sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi State, Idris Fika stated that at least 23 bodies have been pulled from the wreckage.

The accident occurred after a truck loaded with Petrol lost control following a brake failure and rammed into five other oncoming vehicles.

Eyewitnesses alleged over 50 people may have been killed in the blaze, including some people who were waiting to board commercial vehicles by the roadside.

The Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, expressed shock and sorrow.

“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.

Kogi State government has declared a two-day mourning in honour of the victims of a tanker explosion which occurred in Lokoja.

The government cautioned road users to act responsibly in order to avert unfortunate situations that care and caution could have averted.

Full investigations will also be carried out to determine the causes of the incident.