Many feared dead as explosion rocks Benue community [PHOTOS]

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Many feared dead as explosion rocks Benue community [PHOTOS]

Scores have been reportedly killed in a fuel tanker explosion at the Amoke village of Apa Local Government Area in Benue State.

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Scores have been reportedly killed in a fuel tanker explosion at the Amoke village of Apa Local Government Area in Benue State.

TRIBUNEPOINT WEEKLY gathered that the incident occurred on Monday morning when the vehicle conveying petroleum product went into flame in the area.

An eyewitness, Godfrey Idede who spoke with TRIBUNEPOINT WEEKLY correspondent said the number of deaths could not be ascertained at that moment.

He revealed that the incident led to panic in the area as economic activities came to an abrupt halt.

However, the Corps Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Benue State, Yakubu Mohammed, while confirming the incident to newsmen, said only three persons were killed.

Mohammed who attributed the unfortunate incident to brake failure said aside from the three victims, no other person sustained injury.

He stated that the fire was put out after some hours, noting that there was no Fire Service stationed close to the scene of the incident.

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