No fewer than twenty persons, including firefighters and personnel of Kaduna State Vigilance Service (KADVS) were injured when a fuel tanker exploded in Kaduna State.
It was gathered that the explosion occurred when the tanker was offloading Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in one of the filling stations at Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area part of Kaduna metropolis.
Confirming the incident on Friday, the Director of Kaduna State Fire Service, Paul Aboi, said five Federal firefighters, some personnel of Kaduna Vigilance Service and passers-by sustained various degrees of injuries.
He explained that the tanker was offloading petrol when the incident happened on Wednesday and blamed the incident on negligence on the part of the filing station, noting that the offloading of petrol shouldn’t have been done in the afternoon.
The governor said he preferred to negotiate with the bandits when there is a lot of pressure on them whereby they would come out on their own and say that they want to sit down and negotiate.
“At that point, we can negotiate with them and we can resettle them back into the society,” he said.
Mr Radda however noted that the military had played a key role in reducing insecurity in the state and nation and also accepted that the only way out to the prevailing security issue is by having a collaboration with the military and other security agencies.
“Jointly, we can do something that can reduce the effect on our people and also allow our people to go about their economic activities, as enshrined by the Constitution,” he added.
The CDS also said that the military had continued to intensify its operation in all the theaters, adding that the bandits and terrorists had been rendered handicap in most areas.