By Fidausi Fuseini
Delta State Police Command has said that in the early hours of a devastating incident occurred at Ugbenu Koko Junction along the Warri – Benin Road, where a tanker carrying PMS fell and spilled its contents into a nearby swamp.
A statement by Bright Edafe Police Public Relations Officer, Delta State Command said, responding to the spillage, a group of youths began scooping the fuel into containers, but an explosion suddenly erupted, engulfing the entire area in flames.
According to him the tragic incident claimed the lives of five individuals who were involved in the fuel scooping, and resulted in the destruction of numerous properties including buses, tankers, trailers, motorcycles, and cars.
He added that the bodies of the victims have been evacuated to the mortuary at Oghara General Hospital, while efforts are being made by the Oghara Police Division and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to clear the road and restore traffic flow.
The Delta State Police Commissioner, CP Wale Abass, expressed his deepest condolences to the families affected by this unfortunate event.
He also expressed his disappointment in the recurring occurrence of such incidents, urging Nigerians, especially the youth, to avoid greed and refrain from engaging in activities that pose a serious threat to their lives and the lives of others.
Moreover, CP Abass appreciated the collaboration and support of the Federal Road Safety Commission in ensuring the convenience and safety of all road users in Delta State.