No fewer than seven suspected smugglers of petroleum products have reportedly burnt to death in a petroleum tanker fire outbreak in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa, a commercial nerve bordering the Republic of Cameroon
As gathered, the fire broke out when the deceased were transferring petroleum products from a tanker to over 1,000 plastic cans at a filling station.
Confirming the development, an eyes witness, Iliya Haruna, said that the incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, adding that he counted seven bodies that were burnt beyond recognition.
Haruna said that among the death bodies were two paternal brothers who were well known in petroleum business in Mubi.
Also, the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), Dr Mohammed Sulaiman, also confirmed the incident, adding that only three people were killed in the incident, while two sustained various degrees of injuries.
“The petroleum tanker fire incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday at about 1.30 am. So far, three people lost their lives and two sustained injuries from fire burns and they are receiving medical treatment at the Mubi General Hospital,” Sulaiman said.
He said that property worth millions of naira were also destroyed by the fire. The executive secretary, therefore, advised petroleum products dealers in the state to as matter of safety to avoid operation during odd hours.