Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
EIGHT persons have been confirmed dead at the site of fuel tanker explosion along the Ore-Benin Expressway, Ore in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State, Nigeria.
They were burnt to death while scooping fuel after the petrol-laden tanker fell and spilt its contents.
Stonix News reports that Nigerians have been going through a harrowing economic stress following the removal of subsidy on petrol by the new government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
As of today, a litre of petrol goes for as high as N1,000 in some remote parts of the country with the spiral effect on transport fares and stable foods.
While many were reported to have died from the Sunday evening incident, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ondo State, Ezekiel Son-Allah, on Monday said eight persons were burnt to death following the explosion.
He said the white fuel tanker with no registration number lost control due to overspeeding.
Son-Allah noted that following the development, some residents of a closeby village stormed the scene and started scooping fuel spilt from the fallen tanker.
According to him, unfortunately, the tanker exploded, burning eight persons who were on the spot scooping fuel to death while the tanker and motor boy managed to escape from the scene unhurt.
He said the FRSC rescue team had deposited the remains of the victims at the morgue of the General Hospital in Ore.