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Delta Police Commisioner Commiserates With Families Of Ugbenu Koko Junction Fire Accident Victims


Oct 3, 2023

The Commissioner of Police for Delta State, CP Wale Abass, deeply commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives and properties in a devastating fire incident which unfolded at Ugbenu Koko Junction in Ethiope West Local Government Area of the State.

According to an official statement by the Delta Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Edafe Bright noted that the fire accident which happened in the early hours of October 1, 2023, was triggered when a tanker carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), enroute to Benin along the Warri-Benin Road, lost control and toppled upon reaching Ugbenu Koko Junction. It informed that rhe contents of the tanker spilled into a nearby swamp, drawing the attention of local youths who saw an opportunity to collect the fuel using jerry cans and various containers.

Tragically, while these youths were in the process of scooping fuel, a sudden explosion erupted, engulfing the entire area in flames. This fiery disaster claimed the lives of five individuals among the youths who had gathered to collect the spilled fuel. Additionally, the inferno consumed several vehicles and properties, including the fallen tanker itself, eight buses of different makes, two tankers, five trailers, two motorcycles, one Siena space bus, and one ‘C’ Class Mercedes-Benz car. The intensity of the blaze rendered the registration numbers of the affected vehicles indecipherable.

In response to the catastrophe, the Command Spokesman said the authorities swiftly arrived at the scene, and the victims’ bodies were carefully evacuated to the mortuary at Oghara General Hospital. To mitigate further disruption, the Oghara Police Division, in collaboration with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Ethiope West LGA, initiated efforts to clear the road of obstructions, ensuring the restoration of traffic flow.

Expressing his condolences, CP Wale Abass of the Delta State Police Command expressed his deep sadness at the tragic incident and lamented the recurring trend of such disasters in Nigeria. He emphasized the need for Nigerians, especially the youth, to learn from past occurrences and avoid engaging in dangerous activities like scooping fuel during oil spillages. CP Abass urged Nigerians to prioritize safety over greed, as such actions pose severe threats not only to their own lives but also to the lives of others.

CP Abass also extended his appreciation to the Federal Road Safety Commission for their collaborative efforts in ensuring the convenience and safety of all road users in Delta State.

“In the light of this tragic incident, the Delta State Police Command, CP Wale Abass extends his condolence to the families of those who lost their lives in this unfortunate event. He further expressed his displeasure in the inexorable perversity of Nigerians, especially the youths. He stated that it is sad that we never learn from past occurrences, since this isn’t the first time such incident has happened.

“Nonetheless, he appeals that Nigerians should do away with greed and avoid scenes where there is an occurence of oil spillages as it pose a serious threat to their lives and the lives of others.

“The CP also appreciates the Federal Road safety for working hand in hand with the Command in assuring convenience to all road users in Delta state” the statement noted.

This tragic incident serves as a solemn reminder of the dire consequences of unsafe practices and highlights the need for increased awareness and vigilance in dealing with hazardous situations involving petroleum products.

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