A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

Death toll now 27 from tanker explosion in Niger

Wole Mosadomi
& Enyim Enyim

30 September 2012, Sweetcrude, MINNA – DEATH toll has risen to 27 from the tanker explosion that occurred in Kudu village in Niger State, Tuesday night.

Besides the dead, eleven people are still on danger list at the Mokwa General Hospital after incurring various degrees of injuries while one of the casualties with very serious injury has been transferred to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Kwara state for further medical attention.

Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Malam Mohammed Shaba who gave an update of the incidence while addressing journalists in Minna, Saturday, said sixteen people died on the spot on Tuesday at about 10pm when the tanker, loaded with fuel, skidded off the road and burst into flames, while five others died on their way to the hospital for treatment.

According to him, six other dead bodies were discovered in the near-by bush as they were on the run for safety with fire burning them along.

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  • These fuel tanker fire incidents are preventable. We urge the government through the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to come up with a Safety Protocol regarding the Transportation and Handling of Petroleum Products and to ensure rigorous implementation of same. The people are the reason government exist and government must be seen to act on behalf of the people, for the well being of the people.

  • So sad!