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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Two Die As Another Fuel Tanker Explodes In Ogun

•• Hoodlums Vandalise Fire Fighting Equipment 





The Daily Crucible | Published Sunday, November 28, 2021


By Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

A tanker carrying Premium Motor Spirit(PMS) popularly called petrol has overturned after bumping into the road median in Lafenwa area of Abeokuta, Ogun State and spilled the contents all over the road.

Shortly after it fell,  balls of fire and thick smoke erupted, sending people scampering for safety but two persons were said to have burnt dead while two others suffered some degrees of burns.

It was gathered that some residents were trying to scoop fuel from the overturned tanker when the fire broke out. 

Superintendent Route Commander Florence Okpe of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) Public Education unit Office for Sector Commander FRSC, Ogun Sector Command, Ahmed Umar, confirmed the occurrence of the overturned fuel tanker on Sunday morning.

Okpe advised members of the public and residents to vacate the vicinity, while operatives of the FRSC, TRACE, POLICE, FIRE SERVICE and other 1st responders resolve the emergency.

She stated : "A tanker laden with fuel which overturned while making its way inbound Rounder from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa Abeokuta Ogun State, is now engulfed in fire,  due to the uncooperative attitude of people around the axis through scooping of fuel and other unwholesome act which sparked off the fire.

"The general public are advised to vacate the vicinity, while FRSC, TRACE, POLICE, FIRE SERVICE and other 1st responders resolve the latest emergency."

Also giving details of it, Commander Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Public Relations Officer of Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps(TRACE) stated: 

"A fully loaded PMS laden tanker, due to axle problem overturned around 0445hrs today, Sunday, 28th November, 2021, while making its way inbound Mile 2/Rounder axis from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa, spilling it's content in the process and affecting traffic along the axis.

"While TRACE, POLICE, FRSC, FIRE SERVICE, OGSAS, SEMA and other 1st responders were working assiduously to restore normalcy, as transloading was already in progress then, the general public, particularly the motoring public, domiciled and moving around the axis were already scooping fuel and engaging in other unwholesome act, which regrettably sparked off the fire.

"Two lives were lost in the unfortunately inferno, that of a grandmother and grand child, whose gender cannot be ascertained, while property worth millions of naira were destroyed.
The bodies of the 2 casualties have been deposited at the morgue of the General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta.


"Moreover, 2 patrol vans belonging to TRACE Divisional Command, Abeokuta, and 2 heavy duty vehicles belonging to the Federal and State Fire Service, were also vandalised, with some of both Services operatives ( TRACE & FIRE SERVICE), also assaulted during the rescue operation.

"While  TRACE Corps, on behalf of other Services involved in the rescue endeavour commiserate with the families of the deceased victims and those who lost properties in the unfortunate inferno, members of the public are enjoined to please show more understanding, support and cooperation in future rescue efforts to avert a more catastrophic consequences."



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