Two killed in fuel tanker explosion in southern Nigeria
File Photo: Nigerian oil tanker-Photo by Getty Images

File Photo: Nigerian oil tanker-Photo by Getty Images

Nigerian presidency confirmed on Thursday two people were killed in a fuel tanker explosion which wreaked havoc in the southern state of Anambra on Wednesday.

A woman and her child were confirmed killed as the tanker fell and spilled its content on a busy road in Onitsha, a commercial city of Anambra, according to a statement from the presidency.

"I am profoundly touched by the sight of the charred remains of an innocent mother and her child who are victims of this tragedy," Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said in the statement issued in Abuja.

"I also extend my sympathies to other victims of the explosion whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed in the mishap," he said.

Over 40 buildings and scores of shops were lost to the fire, according to local media.

Buhari called for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads.

Official Spokesperson to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Garba Shehu said that the president was calling on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in the country.

In July, a similar explosion in the central Nigerian state of Benue had claimed at least 45 lives.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency