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UPDATED: School Children, 20 Others Dead In Lokoja Tanker Explosion (Viewers Discretion Advised)

Some school children on Wednesday died alongside twenty persons after a petrol tanker exploded at Felele area of Lokoja, Kogi State capital, Igbere TV reports.

It was gathered that the tanker lost control and rammed into oncoming vehicles before going up in flames around 8am.

Some of the victims are Kogi State Polytechnic students, traders and pedestrians along Lokoja-Abuja Road.

Igbere TV also learnt that emergency responders failed to attend to the fire for over one hour.

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello in a statement by his spokesperson Onogwu Muhammed commiserated with the bereaved families.

β€œIt is very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire,” he said.

He also urged students of the polytechnic to maintain peace.

Gregory University Uturu, Abia State
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