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Five dead, 120 vehicles burnt in Rivers tanker explosion accident 



Governor of Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara, said the tanker explosion that occurred on Friday night killed five people.

Fubara confirmed the figures in his speech during the funeral service of madam Cecilia Omehia, the mother of a political leader, Sir Celestine Omehia in his country home, Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area on Sunday.

The governor said about 120 cars were also destroyed in the inferno.

The accident was said to have happened when a truck conveying fertilizers from the Indorama petrochemical plant scratched open a tanker laden with Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as Petrol.

He said, “It is a very sad day in our dear State. Something happened in Eleme, along the route of Indorama Petrochemical and Fertiliser Company Limited. 

“A tanker had an issue with a tipper, and there was an unfortunate situation that caused the state a very devastating loss.

“I went there this morning to see for myself what really happened, and I can tell you, I’ve not been happy since then. With all the dramas in our state, it is not even proper for us to add that to it.

“Over 120 vehicles were completely burnt, and five lives were lost. It was very unfortunate.”

Meanwhile, Governor Fubara commiserated with those who lost their loved ones and others whose vehicles were burnt beyond repair.

The governor said the State Government mourns and grieves with them.

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