From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Barely 48 hours after a tanker exploded in Oshigbudu, Agatiu local government area of Benue State killing 7 persons, another fuel tanker fell and exploded in the same town on Tuesday.
Though no casualities were recorded in the second explosion, it was learnt that some houses were destroyed.
When contacted, Hon Oteyi Sunday, Agatu LGA Secretary who also hails from the town confirmed the unfortunate incident, saying it occurred at about 3:40am this morning (Tuesday) some metres away from where the Sunday explosion took place.
He said, colossal damage was averted as people deserted the area shortly before the explosion occurred, adding that the conductor of the tanker was arrested as the driver escaped.
As at the time of filing this report, the two tankers have blocked the federal road making it impassable.
This is just as residents and motorists have called for a ban on heavy vehicles plyjng the road.