Abuja - The death toll from the Okobe petrol tanker disaster rose to 124 on Monday, up from 95, the Rivers Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr Kayode Olagunju, said.
In a text message to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Olagunju said that the number was based on additional deaths from various hospitals.
"We are still battling with the actual injury figures as a lot of victims were transferred from one hospital to the other which could result in multiple counting.
"Some victims initially went home for traditional treatment while some headed for private clinics," Olagunju said, adding that the commission would liaise with other agencies and the Rivers Government to collate a more realistic figure.
NAN reports that the the Okobe tragedy occurred around 6.30 a.m on Thursday following the crash of a petrol-carrying tanker and three other vehicles on the Ahoda-Mbiama east-west road in Rivers.
People around thronged the scene scrambling for spilled petrol, resulting in the flame which consumed the dead and the injured, according to FRSC which added that 34 motorcycles were also burnt during the incident.
89 bodies burnt beyond recognition were given mass burial at the scene of the disaster on the same day, while six identified bodies were released to family members.