Tanker explosion kills 13 people in Jos – Police

THE Plateau State Police Command has confirmed that 13 persons lost their lives while 28 shops were damaged in the tanker explosion that occurred at Bauchi Road junction in Jos North Local Government Area.

The Command also confirmed that 10 persons sustained various degrees of injuries during the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the state, Alfred Alabo, disclosed this in a statement he released on Friday, April 28, in Jos.

According to Alabo, the tanker crashed on Thursday, April 27 due to brakes failure and destroyed eight other vehicles, six tricycles and two motorcycles.

”The 10 persons who sustained various degrees of injuries during the incident are currently receiving treatment at various hospitals.

    ”Bodies of the deceased have also been buried according to Islamic rites,” he said.

    It was gathered that a mob attacked the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) staff immediately after the crash and injured one of them on the forehead. They also burnt their operational vehicle with registration number AO1 783 RS.

    Alabo expressed the regret of the  Commissioner of Police in the state, Bartholomew Onyeka, on the action of the youths who burnt the FRSC vehicle.

    The PPRO added that Onyeka advised residents of the state to be law abiding at all times.

    Usman Mustapha is a solution journalist with International Centre for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected]. He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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