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Oil tanker explosion kills 12 in Benue – FRSC

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Oil tanker explosion kills 12 in Benue – FRSC

By Emmanuel Antswen

The Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) has confirmed the deaths of 12 people in an oil tanker explosion accident in Oshigbudu, in the Agatu local government area in Bénoué.

A statement from Mr. Oladele Meshach, public education officer of the FRSC, Benue Sector Command, Monday in Makurdi, said the explosion occurred on Sunday evening.

Meshach said 12 people were killed in the blast, while property was also destroyed.

He quoted the sector commander, Mr. Yakubu Mohammad, who warned all tanker owners against not using “safety valves” to guard against spills of petroleum products, when involved in an accident.

Mohammad called on all tanker owners to ensure the immediate installation of safety valves on their tankers to ensure the safety of lives, property and the products they transport.

He said “the tanker lost control, spilled fuel and caught fire.”

“From now on, any driver caught disobeying the highway code will risk going to jail,” Mohammad warned.

He said it is disheartening to see tankers still plying the roads without safety valves attached to them despite the February 2021 deadline announced earlier.

He assured members of the public that the FRSC will ensure strict enforcement of road regulations and discipline.

Mohammad also advised tanker drivers to avoid handing over their vehicles to their “motor boys” to drive on the highways.

The area commander, who sympathized with the people of Oshigbudu during the unfortunate incident, prayed for the souls of the deceased and wished the families of the deceased moral force to bear the loss. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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