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Police claim 8 die in Ondo fuel tanker explosion, but witnesses say 20 dead

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At least eight people were killed when a fuel truck exploded in southwestern Nigeria as residents were trying to siphon petrol out of it, police said on Monday.

The truck was involved in an accident on Sunday night in a neighbourhood of Ondo state which caused it to veer off the road and topple on its side, the police said.

“Some people went there to scoop fuel, and in the process, the tanker exploded,” said Ondo state police spokesman Fumilayo Odunlami-Omisanya.

According to an eyewitness, the fire was ignited by a spark from a phone held by one of the persons who were scooping fuel.

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The eyewitness stated that the victims of the disaster included three children and a pregnant woman who brought a sum of N100,000 to the scene to buy fuel.

The eyewitness said, “We were inside the church when the tanker fell and spilled its contents on the road. Shortly after it fell down and spilled the fuel on the road, some persons rushed to the place to scoop fuel.

“At the scene, we have counted about three children and over 15 bodies we can’t identify, and also a pregnant woman that wanted to buy the fuel also died in the incident. They were burnt beyond recognition.”

The price of petrol has more than tripled since the removal of a decades-old subsidy at the end of May, hitting motorists and households and small businesses who use petrol generators for power.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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