The Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has described as “unfortunate” a petrol truck explosion that left three persons dead and eight others injured on Friday night.
Bello made this known in a condolence message signed by a spokesperson, Mrs. Mary Berje and made available to the media on Sunday.
Safety Record recalls that the explosion occurred at Dikko junction along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway around 10:30 pm.
Several vehicles and shops were also burnt.
The governor commiserated with victims of the incident while condemning the activities of articulated vehicle drivers that park indiscriminately on the road.
Bello said it was “unfortunate and heartbreaking to see the lives of innocent people lost as a result of the recklessness of an individual.”
He warned that the state government would no longer condone such nefarious practice.
Also, Bello directed the Alhaji Ahmed Inga-led Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) to conduct an assessment on the incident to ascertain the level of damage.
The governor said, “It is quite unfortunate that the accident happened. As a government, we are pained to see the lives of our people being cut short, especially as a result of the recklessness of drivers.
“We will enforce all necessary laws with regards to illegal motor parks and other activities on the highways.
“I have therefore directed that the illegal park where the accident took place and other illegal motor parks and markets in the state be cleared off. We will ensure that our laws are enforced.”