No fewer than 16 people lost their lives while about 30 houses were completely razed on Wednesday when a Tanker lorry fully loaded with fuel lost control in Gaika area of Jebba in Moro local government area of Kwara state.

It was gathered that properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in the inferno caused by the accident.

It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 9 am when the tanker which was driving along the popular Gaika road in Jebba, a border town in Kwara state suddenly lost control.

The lorry was said to have violently hit a car in its rear then got gutted by fire before it ran into the nearby buildings with not less than thirty of them affected.

The petrol substance which reportedly spilt on the floor after the crash inflamed the inferno.

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, in a swift reaction commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives and properties in the fire incident. He described the development as devastating and sad.

According to the statement issued by the Chief press secretary to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye, “The Governor is very sad at this development especially with the loss of lives and millions of naira worth of properties and farmlands.

“He sends his heartfelt condolences to the affected families. He urges them to take heart and remain calm as believers.

“He has also directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to quickly move in to determine the material loss,”

According to the statement, “He also commends the Kwara State Fire Service and other responders for their efforts which helped to curtail the raging inferno and minimised the loss.

“Once again, he condoles with the victims and their families on this very sad incident, and prays to God Almighty to repose the souls of the deceased.”