Over 50 people die, 70 injured in Benue tanker explosion
– The explosion reportedly occurred while resident in the area were scooping fuel from the tanker which had an accident.
– Also, 70 others who sustained injuries are currently receiving medical attention in various hospitals in the state
Over 50 people have reportedly lost their lives in a tanker explosion at Ahumbe village, Gwer local government area of Benue state on Monday, July 1.
Daily Independent reports that the explosion took place while residents of the area where trying to scoop fuel from the tanker.
The tanker which was said to have been coming from Alade was involved in an accident in the area prompting locals to engage in scooping fuel.
He also said that those affected by the incident were mainly residents of Ahumbe. Some houses were also affected.
Confirming the incident, the state’s police spokesperson, said she was yet to get the exact figure of victims.
She added that the tanker had entered a ditch and tumbled and spilled the fuel in the process.
The victims were killed in a clash between the community and residents of neighbouring Abugbe community who unleashed terror against Okololo.
Witnesses in Okololo said some militias hired by the people of Abugbe invaded the Okololo community during worship hours while majority of the inhabitants were in Church and unleashed mayhem.