Tanker explosion rocks Delta community, seven burnt to death

In a tanker fire disaster, seven indigenous people from the Ometan community were burnt to death in Okpe Local Government Area of the state.

Eyewitnesses report that the fuel-laden truck collapsed down the road at approximately 10 a.m. yesterday, Friday, May 3, 2024, when the tanker head detached while traveling along the Warri – Sapele Road.

The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, rushed to the scene with some of his aides upon learning of the tragedy. Flanked by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, and former Chairman of Okpe Local Government Council, Hon. Isaiah Esiovwa, the Governor empathised with Ometan community on the unfortunate incident.

“I was just coming from the creeks where I went to inspect projects and there was no network so immediately I arrived the Navy jetty, I received a message from the Head of Personnel Management of Okpe Local Government Council informing me of the sad incident.

“On getting here I saw dead bodies and those who witnessed the unfortunate incident, said the tanker had an accident and exploded which led to the fire explosion,” Oborevwori said.

“It is a very sad situation and I commiserate with the people of Ometan community and families of those who lost their lives in this unfortunate incident,” he added.

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