No fewer than seven people among them two students of Benue State University, Makurdi were on Monday evening burnt after a gas tanker exploded at a fuel station.
The Bolek fuel station is located opposite the Benue State University College of Health Sciences in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
Among those injured in the gas explosion were; two staff of the fuel station and three customers
All the victims are currently receiving treatment at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH).
Confirming the explosion, the Manager of the Fuel station, John Ekpo explained that the gas tanker exploded shortly after it discharged its content at the station.
“The gas tanker was trying to move out of the station when suddenly it exploded leaving everyone in the station scampering for safety.
Ekpo said that the prompt intervention of motorists who had fire extinguishers saved the day, stressing that the motorists coupled with the station fire extinguishers helped to put out the fire.
Narrating the ordeal, a victim who is a student of the State University, Jude said he had gone to the fuel station with his friend and classmate one Ahile to refill his cylinder when the incidence occurred
He said that he had gone to the fuel station with a classmate, one Ahile when a tanker trying to go out of the station exploded, that was the last thing I knew until I found myself in the hospital here.”
The Head of Information Unit of the State University, Mr Tse Vanger said that two students of the Mass Communications Department of the institution were injured during the incident.
Vanger who spoke to Journalists said that the students had gone to the station to refill their gas cylinder when they were caught up in the incident.
He said that the two students were receiving treatment at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH).