The Benue State Police Command has confirmed that no fewer than eight dead bodies have been recovered by rescue operatives from the scene of a tanker fire incident in Oshigbudu in Agatu Local Government area of the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Benue Command Kate Aneene, who confirmed the recovery of the dead bodies, said that 16 houses including properties were razed as a result of the fire incident.
She said that one of the occupants of the tanker who survived the fire incident has been taken to the General Hospital Otukpo where he is receiving treatment.
Meanwhile, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Mr Yakubu Mohammad has warned all petroleum tanker owners against the non-use of “safety valves” to guard against spillage of petroleum products, when involved in a crash.
“The tanker lost its control, spilt fuel and burst in flames. Henceforth, any driver caught disobeying the road regulations will risk going to jail,” Mohammad warned.