At least six people have been confirmed dead Wednesday after a petrol tanker exploded in Jebba, Kwara.
Several people were also injured in the incident, while over 30 buildings were leveled.
According to a statement issued by Rafiu Ajakaye, the press secretary general of Governor Kware, the tanker driver lost control and crashed into apartment buildings in the area.
However, firefighters eventually managed to bring hell under control.
Confirming the death, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Governor of Kware, sympathized with the victims and called for calm.
“The governor is very sad about this development, especially because of the loss of life and property and agricultural land worth millions of naira. He sends his sincere condolences to the affected families, “the statement reads.
“He encourages them to take heart and remain calm as believers. He also ordered the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to move in quickly to determine the material loss.
“He also commends the Kwara State Fire Service and others responsible for their efforts to help reduce the raging hell and minimize losses. He once again expresses his condolences to the victims and their families for this very sad event and prays to Almighty God to rest the souls of the deceased. “
Gasoline tank explosions are not uncommon in Nigeria, and President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern over such incidents, describing them as “unfortunate and great tragedies causing unnecessary deaths”.
The President made this statement further a similar explosion in Kogi, in which at least 25 people were killed.
“Our country is where we move forward whenever tragedies occur, instead of taking preventive safety measures to prevent future accidents,” Garbe Shehu, a spokesman for the president, was quoted as saying by Buhari.
“Refusing to do the right thing can cause potential tragic problems that harm innocent people.
“Nigeria does not have a lack of laws and regulations, but our problem is a lack of zeal to enforce those laws and regulations for public safety.”
On November 7, the deaths of two people were confirmed after a tanker with gasoline exploded on the Kara Bridge, part of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.