A tanker carrying around 30,000 liters of fuel exploded between Ologbo and Koko-Ugbenu highways in Edo and Delta States, killing over thirty people and destroying over twenty vehicles.
janescope has learned that the attack happened at 1 a.m. on Sunday, October 1.
Goats and rams in a trailer that caught fire ran for cover in the bushes. Some were grabbed by kids from the surrounding areas who stole them for an Independence Day parade.
At the time of this report, details on the incident’s cause were still hazy.
Our Correspondent in Warri received confirmation of the occurrence from a religious leader, Pastor Glory Michael Asiughwure, who was returning from a trip during a lengthy traffic jam.
According to him, witnesses rushed to the crashed tanker to collect the flowing petrol.
He said that over twenty people had been killed, contradicting the accounts he had read on various “mushroom media” websites.
Pastor Glory further mentioned that more than twenty vehicles were destroyed by fire.
According to him, the incident heightened tensions in the neighborhood as terrified commuters and motorists fled for their lives.
When members of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police, and the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC arrived at the area on Sunday morning to prevent a breakdown in law and order, Pastor Glory said he decided to leave.
The Public Relations Officer for the Delta State Police, DSP Bright Edafe, told our Correspondent over the phone, “Not confirmed yet.”
As this article is being written, the fire is still actively burning.