The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has commiserated with the Government and people of Lagos State and especially the victims over the unfortunate tanker explosion which occurred on the Otedola Bridge, in Lagos, in the early hours of Saturday.
According to reports, the unfortunate incident occurred when a container truck loaded with fabric experienced a brake failure and collided with a 33,000ltrs fuel tanker loaded with Premium motor spirit (PMS), belonging to a downstream operator, the impact of which resulted in the fire outbreak.
A press release by the Corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, stated that while the Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari commiserates with the victims, the Lagos State Government and Lagosians in general, he feels particularly sad about the re-occurrence of these events which could have been avoided.
The GMD admonished motorists and downstream operators to continue to ensure strict adherence to safety rules and regulations in order to avoid these unfortunate incidents that always lead to loss of lives and property.
The Police Command in Lagos State has said that no life was lost to the accident.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement released on Saturday said that the accident occurred around 2.30 a.m. along the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
Adejobi said that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, had visited the scene for an on-the-spot assessment and evacuation to ease flow of traffic.
“His team was assisted by the personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Fire Service of Lagos State.
“They have been working assiduously on the evacuation since 2.30 a.m,” the PPRO said.
“No life was lost and all efforts are on to ease traffic along the expressway,” he said.
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu also confirmed the accident.
He advised commuters to take the Ojota or 7UP exits until the backlog of traffic eases.
The LASEMA boss said that the damping down has been concluded while the agency’s equipment would remove the vehicles from the thoroughfare.
A resident of the area, Mr Johnson Adeoye, told NAN that the tanker lost control and rammed unto a trailer with the container.
Adeoye said that upon the crash, there was fire outbreak which led to the explosion.