A truck laden with premium motor spirit (PMS), otherwise known as petrol, has reportedly exploded, killing no fewer than six persons in the early hours of Wednesday in Jebba, Moro local government area of Kwara state.
The tanker, which was reported to be travelling through the ancient town lost control, spilling its contents and roasting at least 6 individuals, as it rammed into living areas.
According to eye witnesses, the incident caused massive explosions that also burnt down over 30 houses and shops.
Spokesperson of the state Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle, confirmed the incident, promising to update journalists soon.
Meanwhile, state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has expressed his condolences with the families of those who lost their lives and properties, describing the development as sad and devastating.
Speaking through a statement, signed by his media aide, the governor said: “the governor is very sad at this development especially with the loss of lives and millions of naira worth of properties and farmlands.
His words: He sends his heartfelt condolences to the affected families. He urges them to take heart and remain calm as believers. He has also directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to quickly move in to determine the material loss.
“He also commends the Kwara state Fire Service and other responders for their efforts which helped to curtail the raging inferno and minimised the loss. Once again, he condoles with the victims and their families on this very sad incident, and prays to God Almighty to repose the souls of the deceased," the governor said.