Benue State Government has indicated that all the victims of a tanker explosion at Ahumbe village, whose bodies have been burnt beyond recognition will be given mass burial. There were about 48 deaths recorded.
Ahumbe is a village situated on Makurdi-Aliade Federal Highway in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue.
The Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu indicated this Wednesday in Makurdi, in a chat with newsmen, saying the burial would be at the village where the incident occurred.
He however, said families who had been able to identify their loved ones, would be allowed to take them for proper burial.
“As I am talking to you now the total number of deaths is 48, and we still have over 90 people who are receiving treatment across hospitals in the state.
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“There were a good number of people who were burnt beyond recognition that even their relations, to pointedly say this is my relation, has become very difficult.
“Today we have decided that for people in this group, we are going to give them mass burial somewhere in Gwer Local Government, near Ahumbe, where the explosion took place.
“But any family that is able to recognise their loved ones can take them away and give them a benefiting burial.
“Unfortunately, the victims cut across ages, the youngest is about nine years old is in Aliade hospital, there is also an 11 year old too at FMC Makurdi,’’ the deputy governor explained.
He described the explosion as “shocking” saying the survivors suffered between 30 to 90 per cent degrees burns.
Abounu disclosed that the occupants of the Toyota bus, which silencer ignited the fire on the tar and resulted in the explosion, were coming from Cross River State, where they went for burial of a relative.
He commended the Federal Road Safety Corps, Red Cross, Nigeria Police Force and Benue State Fire Service, for the humanitarian services they rendered during the unfortunate accident, noting that one of the fire officials was in intensive care unit while the other, who suffered 30 degree burns, was being treated.