Lagos: Police and witnesses say many people are dead in Nigeria after an oil tanker overturned and exploded while people were scooping up leaking fuel. Also Read - 378 Carat White Diamond Found in This Mine. Can You Guess The Price?

Police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo tells The Associated Press that 12 people are dead and 22 badly burned in the blast Friday evening in Odukpani in Cross River state. Also Read - At Least 100 Killed in Terrorist Attacks on Two Villages in Niger

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Witness Richard Johnson says many people were burnt to ashes, leaving little to recover.

He says dozens of people had been scooping up fuel and it was unlikely any survived the blast.

Johnson suggests the blast was caused by an electrical generator brought to the scene to help pump the fuel.

Hundreds of people have died in similar accidents in recent years in Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.