President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, commiserated with the families of the victims that lost their lives at the inferno caused by a petrol tanker explosion in Lokoja, Kogi State.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that a bus conveying primary and secondary students, residents, passers-by, students of Kogi State Polytechnic were among the dead when a fuel tanker exploded on Wednesday morning at Felele area of Lokoja, Kogi State capital.
Buhari, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the tragedy represented “another disturbing and saddening incident in the litany of tragedies that have befallen our country.”
In the statement titled, ‘President Buhari mourns victims of Lokoja tanker explosion’, Buhari expressed worry over frequent “large-scale tragedies” in the country.
Buhari also called on the county’s transport authorities, traffic and road management agencies as well as law enforcement officials to sit up and enforce safety standards with more seriousness, adding that “refusal to do the right thing can cause potential tragic problems that harm innocent people.”
The President condoled with Kogi State government and the families of the victims of the tragedy.
According to earlier reports, no fewer than 23 persons including five students of the Kogi State Polytechnic and three children on their way to school were confirmed dead when the tanker fully loaded with Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) and belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had a break failure and fell on the road.
Later reports reveal that the unfortunate incident cost more than 40 lives.