At least four people lost their lives while about 34 others were injured when a tanker loaded with fuel exploded at Kutigi in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

A witness said most of the victims were currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Kutigi, while about five others in critical condition had been referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Bida.

The incident, which occurred about 10p.m., on Monday, destroyed property worth millions of naira.

Several houses were burnt while many travellers were stranded.

Responding to the incident yesterday, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State expressed sadness.



Bello prayed for the quick recovery of those injured and were being treated at the General Hospital, Kutigi as well as those in critical condition and referred to the FMC, Bida.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel Berje, the governor expressed government’s readiness to assess the damage caused by the inferno with a view to cushioning the effect on those affected.

He appreciated the efforts of those who rose to the challenge by assisting the victims and ensuring that they got quick medical attention.



Bello, however, frowned at the manner at which drivers of tankers and articulated vehicles drive even in residential areas, saying that some of these accidents are avoidable.

He enjoined the people of Kutigi community to remain calm and law-abiding as government would do everything possible to investigate the cause of the accident.

The governor prayed for the repose of the souls of the four people who lost their lives as well as for their families to bear the irreparable loss.