According to police and witnesses reports, an oil tanker exploded in Nigeria that killed 12 people. People were taking out the leaking oil from the tanker.
In recent years hundreds people died in similar accidents in Nigeria. People put their lives at risk while collecting leaking oil from the trucks.
Police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo told the news media on Saturday, we have recovered 12 corpses and taken 22 persons with serious burns to the hospital”.
Irene Ugbo said the blast occurred on Friday evening in Odukpani in Cross River state in the southeast. But some of the residents put the death toll close to 60.
Witness Richard Johnson told AP, the police only recovered a few corpses; many of the other dead were burned to ashes.
Johnson said, about 60 people were inside a pit scooping fuel when the explosion occurred. “it is not likely that anyone inside the pit survived as there was a lot of fuel in the pit.
He suggested the blast was caused by an electrical generator that had been brought to the scene to help pump out the fuel for people’s containers.
Nigeria Africa’s largest oil producer said it was not instantly clear what caused the truck to explode.
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