FRSC begs relatives to claim corpses, victims of tanker fire

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FRSC boss Boboye Oyeyemi
Death toll in Kogi petrol tanker accident rises to 13

By Kola Adeyemi

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kogi has urged relatives of the 13 dead victims of the July 28 tanker fire in Lokoja to come out and identify the corpses with a view to claiming them.

The Sector Commander in the state, Mr Segun Martins, who made the plea on Monday in Lokoja, said that the corpses were made up of 11 males and two females.

Martins told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the dead were largely the travellers in a commercial Toyota Hiace bus which left Abuja either for the South South Zone or South West Zone on July 28.

He said the corpses were still being kept at the morgue of Hankuri Hospital in Lokoja, adding that some of them were still identifiable.

Martins said that the bus was believed to be owned by Delta Line.

NAN recalls that a collision between the bus and a petrol tanker at Felele area of Lokoja ignited a fire which burnt the two vehicles and a commercial tricycle.

Ten people died instantly while three others died in the hospital on July 29.

The sector commander called on people whose relatives travelled on the Abuja -Lokoja -Okene route on the day and had not heard from them to visit the morgue.

He, however, said the remaining six victims were responding to treatment at the Federal Medical Centre and the State Specialist Hospital, all in Lokoja.

In a related development, the Kogi State Polytechnic said a female student of the school died in the inferno.

The Public Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Mr Tijani Yakubu, who disclosed this to NAN on phone, said some students also sustained injuries in the incident.

He said a team from the school had started visiting hospitals to ascertain the exact number of students affected. (NAN)


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