Many have been feared dead following a tanker explosion in Oshigbudu, Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State.
According to reports, the inferno was caused when a fully loaded tanker conveying petroleum products from Oweto going to Otukpo fell and spilled its contents on houses and shops around the area.
Emmanuel Shior, Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency, who confirmed the incident told Channels TV on Sunday that many lives and properties were lost.
“The fire inferno at Oshugbudu in Agatu local Government, my local government of origin today (Sunday) which has claimed so many lives and destroyed properties yet to be quantified, is the chief of all the calamities that have fallen us this year,” he said.
“As I pray God to comfort the good people of Agatu and most especially those directly involved, over the lost, I wish to call on government at all levels and spirited individuals to come to our aids in order to drastically reduce the effect of the disaster on the people.”