Dozens feared dead in tanker ex­plo­sion

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - WORLD -

LAGOS: An over­turned oil tanker ex­ploded in Nige­ria while peo­ple were scoop­ing up the leak­ing fuel, po­lice and wit­nesses said yes­ter­day.

We have re­cov­ered 12 corpses so far and taken 22 peo­ple with se­ri­ous burns to hospi­tal,” po­lice spokes­woman Irene Ugbo.

She said the blast hap­pened on Fri­day evening in Oduk­pani in Cross River state in the south-east.

Some res­i­dents put the death toll closer to 60.

“The po­lice only re­cov­ered a few corpses, many of the other dead were burnt to ashes,” witness Richard John­son said.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple have died in sim­i­lar ac­ci­dents in re­cent years in Nige­ria, Africa’s largest oil pro­ducer, as im­pov­er­ished peo­ple risk their lives to col­lect fuel leak­ing from pipe­lines or trucks. |

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