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Rivers Police Confirm Four Dead, 70 Vehicles Burnt In Tanker Explosion

The Rivers Police Command on Saturday confirmed that four individuals and over 70 vehicles were burnt to ashes in a petrol tanker explosion that occured in the state.

Saturday Telegraph had earlier reported that at about 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, an explosion occurred along the Eleme sector of the  East-West Road in the state.

Confirming the incident to newsmen in Port Harcourt, Grace Iringe-Koko,  the command spokesman said the tragedy was caused by a collision between a heavy-duty truck and a petrol-laden tanker.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Correspondent who visited the accident scene reported that several torched automobiles and charred bodies of victims on the road.

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Governor of Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara, who visited the accident site, described the situation as unfortunate and sad.

He, however, urged motorists to always be cautious on the road.

“This incident is not a pleasant one, we recorded a huge number of vehicles destroyed and lives lost.

“I have already asked the relevant agencies to brief us on how we can support the bereaved families to mitigate their losses.

“This incident would have been avoided if the motorists had adhered to proper conduct. People should ply this road with caution,” Mr Fubara said.

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