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Fuel-Carrying Truck Accident in Central Nigeria Kills 23

A fiery highway accident in Kogi capital, Nigeria.   -  
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An ominous cloud of smoke permeated the capital city Lokoja of Kogi state in Central Nigeria on Wednesday after a driver coming from Okene and heading towards the northern part of the country lost control of a truck carrying petrol due to a brake failure that saw the vehicle swerve off the road, overturn and catch fire.

The accident took place on the busy Lokoja-Abuja highway, and many vehicles, including a bus conveying students of the state polytechnic, were burnt in the inferno.

Local media outlets report that around 20 people including students and passers-by, might have lost their lives in the fire and Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello offered his condolences to the victims and their families in a public statement.

Nigeria’s ill-maintained roads often see fuel truck accidents.

In July, at least three people were killed in a similar incident where a fuel truck also overturned and split its cargo in the southern Delta state.

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