An unspecified number of persons have been burnt to death after a tanker conveying adulterated petroleum products exploded in Rivers State.
According to reports, the explosion occurred while the tanker was trying to avoid a police check-point at Omurelu commumity along the Elele-Owerri Road in the Ikwere Local Government Area of the State.
The inferno that resulted from the blast was said to have spread in the community, destroying houses, valuable properties and leaving some persons severely injured.
An indigene of the community identified as Innocent Amadi who spoke to newsmen explained that the incident happened one tanker conveying the inflammable product was flagged down by a petroleum taskforce operating in the area.
He said while the taskforce was trying to ‘extort’ the tanker driver, another tanker driver on speed lost control and hit the stationary one at the checkpoint
He said the two tankers fell, spilled their contents bursting into flames.
“As I speak with you, the youths have mobilized in Omerelu, they have destroyed their various checkpoints. They are asking the state government to come and remove them and take them away from Omerelu community”.
Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command is yet to comment on the incident.