Death toll reaches sixty in Benue State

The Federal Road Safety Commission, Benue State Command said that the death toll from last week’s tanker explosion in Gwer East Local Government Area of the state had reached sixty.

The Sector Commander in the State Aliyu Baba made the disclosure in Makurdi.

He had earlier confirmed that thirty seven people had died on the second day of the fire incident which occurred on Monday, July 1, 2019 when a petroleum tanker went up in flames at Ahumbe village along Makurdi-Aliade-Otukpo highway in Gwer area of the state. Baba initially confirmed that one hundred and one people were hospitalised at eight different hospitals across the state with different degrees of burns sustained from the explosion but by the fourth day, government officials who carried out an “on-the-spot: assessment of the injured victims at health facilities put the death toll at 51.

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