The fire outbreak also destroyed houses, shops and cows worth millions of naira.
It was gathered that the accident occurred at about 9.30 p.m. on Monday as the truck fell while struggling with the bad portion of the road.
t subsequently burst into flames spilling its content, which spread to nearby houses and shops.
Confirming the incident, Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mary Wakawa said only four people died during the accident while four others were seriously injured.
But residents of the area told newsmen that about 20 persons may have died.
Wakawa said: “Last night (Monday) a tanker caught fire at Bode Saadu at about 9.30pm. Eight people were involved, four of them died and four sustained serious injuries.
“It was a lone accident and we have been there since yesterday. The fire was still on as at this morning but it has come down. We have sent out our men to the site to clear the road for traffic.”
Spokesman for the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), Oba Hassan Kadiri, said four of the accident victims who were brought to the hospital had suffered about 85 degree burns and were already being transferred to different clinics after initial treatment at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the hospital.