A couple identified as Mr and Mrs Olu Samson and their three children were killed in the Kogi tanker explosion which occurred on Wednesday September 23.
Mcebiscoo.com reported that the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Kogi State Command, confirmed the death of twenty-three (23) persons in a tanker explosion that occurred in the early hours of Wednesday along Felele – Nataco axis of Abuja – Lokoja road.
Reacting to the tragic incident, the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement by his Spokesman, Garba Shehu said that the death of 23 people “represents another disturbing and saddening incident in the litany of tragedies that have befallen our country.”
“I am seriously worried about the frequency of these unfortunate and large scale tragedies in the country which cause needless deaths.”
“These frequent incidents that result in loss of lives and property are a national scandal caused by our indifference to safety standards.”
He explained that many accidents are preventable if proper proactive and precautionary measures are put in place or properly observed as routine policies.”
Buhari regretted that Nigeria is a country that moves on whenever tragedies occur instead of taking preventive safety measures to forestall future calamities.”
He, therefore, called on the county’s transport authorities, traffic and road management agencies as well as law enforcement officials to sit up and enforce safety standards with more seriousness, adding that “refusal to do the right thing can cause potential tragic problems that harm innocent people.”
“Nigeria is not having a shortage of laws and regulations, but our problem is lack of zeal to enforce those laws and regulations for the sake of public safety.”
He also condoled with Kogi State government and the families of the victims of the tragedy.
According to reports, Samson wanted to drop off his children at school as had become his daily routine before opening his shop.
The couple were on their way to drop off the kids at school when the incident happened. Confirming the report, one Winsome Rufus took to Facebook to mourn the family.
“Black Wednesday Indeed. Fire Accident At Felele Lokoja. Claim life’s.
RIP To Mr And Mrs Samson And Children (Mummy You Left Just Like That)
An entire Family Was Wipe Off From The Surface Of The Earth.”