At least twelve persons have been confirmed dead in a tanker explosion in Oshigbudu, Agatu local government area of Benue State.
The incident happened on Sunday when a petrol tanker fell at the Oshigbudu-Obagaji junction and spilled its contents.
Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Benue, Yakubu Mohammed, who confirmed this, said the tanker lost control.
Yakubu said eight males, three females and a little boy have died as a result of the traffic crash.
He added that a fire incident erupted after the crash, said the twelve people died instantly.
He, however, could not state the number of those affected by the fire which gutted houses and shops.
“Everything is calm now but you know the tanker lost control and crashed. Immediately it crashed the fuel spilled and affected shops and houses.”
He added that FRSC operatives and other sister agencies are working together to evacuate the casualties and control the situation.