November 30, 2022

A roadblock set up by military personnel at Ochadamu on the popular Lokoja-Anyigba/Itobe Highway in the Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi has caused a fatal accident that claimed many lives and over 20 vehicles were burnt.

IsL source gathered that the accident happened around 3 p.m. on Thursday after a disagreement between the military men and petrol tanker drivers.

The soldiers shot two tanker drivers and this made the colleagues of the victims angry and they barricaded the highway with a tanker loaded with fuel. A few moments later, a speeding truck ran into the petrol tanker causing it to explode, this caused an inferno that killed many people and burnt over 20 vehicles, according to an eyewitness

Another eyewitness who spoke to IsL source, SaharaReporters, said though the incident occurred around 3 p.m, the fire was still raging at the time he was making a video of it around 5 p.m.

“Nobody has come to try anything even to clear the road,” he said with a note of frustration.

Reacting to the incident, The Federal Road Safety Corps said their personnel visited the scene of the accident but could not tell the total number of casualties.

Meanwhile, a text message sent today the state police public relation officer, Ruth Awi, seeking more details on the incident was yet to be replied to as of the time of filing this report, IsL source, SaharaReporters.

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