Several persons have been reported dead and vehicles burnt following a petrol tanker explosion in Kogi state.
The incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday around Felele area of Lokoja, the state capital.
Victims of the tragic explosion include some students of Kogi State Polytechnic and other residents.
Reacting to the incident, the State Governor, Yahaya Bello, expressed shock and sorrow.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, he described the explosion as the greatest tragedy the state has witnessed in recent times.
While condoling with families of the victims, Bello also asked students of the state polytechnic to remain calm and peaceful, adding that he shares in their grieving moment.
“Governor Bello is very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire while expressing his deepest condolences to the family of those affected by the ugly occurrence,” the statement said.
“He said this is sadly the greatest tragedies the state has witnessed in recent times while describing the unfortunate accident as a sad development and shares the feeling of those who lost their loves ones in this incident.
“The Governor also urged the students of Kogi State Polytechnic to remain calm and peaceful, stating that he equally shares in their grieving moment over the death of some of their colleagues in the disaster.”