Seven persons suspected to be smugglers of petroleum products have been reported burnt to death in a petroleum tanker fire outbreak in Mubi Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Mubi is a commercial nerve of Adamawa State and it borders the Republic of Cameroon.
An eyewitness, Alhaji Mansur Bala, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the incident occurred in the early hours of Wednesday.
Bala said that the fire broke out when the men were transferring petroleum products from a tanker to over 1,000 plastic jerrycans at a filling station.
Another eyewitness, Malam Iliya Haruna, told NAN that he counted seven bodies that were burnt beyond recognition.
Haruna said that among the bodies were two brothers who were well known in the petroleum business in Mubi.
Dr Mohammed Sulaiman, the Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), also confirmed the incident.
Sulaiman however said that 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 a.m.
“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 property worth millions of naira were also destroyed by the fire.
The executive secretary, therefore, advised petroleum products dealers in the state to as a matter of safety avoid operation during odd hours.