Two Fuel Tankers Fall, Truck Crashes In Lagos


A tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) fell and spilled its contents at the Airport Road axis in Oshodi, Lagos State.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) confirmed this in a statement on Saturday by its Public Affairs Officer, Nosa Okunbor.

It added that no loss of life or injury was recorded at the incident scene while heavy-duty equipment have already been deployed for a quick recovery to prevent secondary incidents.

“Part of the deployment is an empty tanker and pumping machine for trans-loading with super metro in waiting for recovery of the vehicle after trans-loading is completed,” the agency said.

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It noted that its officials and the Lagos State Fire Service officers were involved in blanketing of the entire area while the police and officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) provided security, crowd and traffic control.

Meanwhile, LASEMA said it recovered another fallen oil tanker along the Old Abeokuta Motor Road in the Agege area of the state.

“The Agege fallen tanker is laden with 33,000 litter of Automatic Gas Oil, AGO, (Diesel) which fell off its truck head sideways while driving along the Nigeria Postal Service Agege.

“The impact of the fallen tanker resulted in the spillage of its contents with the resultant blanketing at incident scene ongoing while the trans-loading process is also ongoing,” it said.

The agency explained that the trans-loading commenced after carefully identifying the risks involved in order to ensure there was no loss of lives and valuables in the ongoing operation.

The entire incident area was, however, cordoned off to ensure safety and adequate operational space in compliance with international best practices.

Elsewhere, a related incident occurred involving a truck conveying a 40-feet fully loaded container at Alapere inwards Ketu.

The truck with an unknown registration number was said to have lost control on motion as a result of mechanical failure.

It, thereafter, crossed the other lane due to momentum which made it attempt crossing to the other side of the road and got stuck on the culvert, resulting in the obstruction of free vehicular movement.

“However, no loss of life or injury sustained at the scene of the incident where LASEMA and LASTMA are responders with the early arrival of deployed heavy-duty equipment for a quick recovery to prevent secondary incidents in the ongoing recovery operation,” it said.

Fuel Tanker Kills Motorcyclist In Ondo

Fuel Tanker Crushes Motorcyclist To Death In Ondo


A fuel tanker has crushed a middle-aged commercial motorcyclist to death in Ondo State.

The incident occurred on Friday in Akure, the state capital.

Channels Television gathered that the tanker driver was stopped by policemen at Iyeoma junction while coming from Oba-Adesida Road, but he refused to stop.

He, however, ran over the motorcyclist simply identified as Kayode who was coming from another route, blaming the incident on brake failure.

The tanker driver was said to have dragged Kayode with his motorcycle for some minutes before he eventually stopped the truck.

Some eyewitnesses said late Kayode’s brother was also riding with him but was lucky to have quickly jumped off the bike.

On the other hand, the motorcyclist got trapped in-between the two front tires of the tanker.

Officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) rushed to the scene with an ambulance trying to retrieve his remains.

Angered by the death of their colleague, some motorcyclists at the scene descended on the tanker driver and his partner.

However, policemen drafted to the scene were able to rescue duo before they were lynched and restore normalcy in the area.

Tragedy Averted In Ekiti As Fuel Tanker Spills Content


A tragedy was on Sunday averted after a petrol tanker spilt its content on the road after offloading at a Filling Station in Ado the Ekiti, the state capital.

The incident occurred while the tanker was pulling out of the filling station, spilling the remnant of its contents in the process.

The incident would have escalated into a tragic explosion but men of the state fire service swung into action, preventing a fire outbreak around the tanker or at locations where the split remnant of its content flowed to, via the drainage.

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Governor Ayodele Fayose in reaction visited the scene. He warned businesses owners to comply with standards and safety measures while going about their businesses.

“They need to put the interest of the state and the people first. Today, many lives would have been lost because this is a tanker containing PMS.

“In doing business, especially businesses with this kind of sensitivity, like the oil an gas, they have to keep to standard and measures for the safety of our people.

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Eight Killed In Fuel Tanker Crash On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Eight persons have been confirmed dead in a road accident involving a fuel tanker and container-laden truck on Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The fuel tanker was reportedly hit by the truck carrying a container thereby leading to an explosion of the tanker.

Passengers of the truck were said to have been burnt beyond recognition in the accident.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed the accident said the accident occurred at Onigari Village, close to the Foursquare Gospel Church camp at Ajebo, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

“The tanker carrying 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit travelling was to Ibadan while the container-laden truck was coming from Ibadan when the accident occurred.

“The accident occurred at a point where the traffic had been diverted to a single lane.

“Eight persons have been confirmed dead in the inferno, they were burnt beyond recognition. The victims were those passengers in a container attached to the truck,” he said.

The incident was said to have been caused a gridlock on the Ajebo-Ogunmakin axis of the express road.

He, however, added that operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC),  State Fire Service and the Nigeria Police were on ground to manage the traffic, and remove the charred bodies and vehicles from the road.

Fuel Tanker Gas Leak In Delhi Puts 50 Students In Hospital

At least 50 students at an Indian school were taken to hospital on Saturday (May 6) complaining of breathlessness and eye irritation following a gas leak from a fuel tanker, the school’s vice principal said.

More than 100 pupils were evacuated from the Rani Jhansi school in the capital, New Delhi, media said.

It wasn’t clear what had caused the leak and no further details were immediately available.

Tanker Explodes At Idimu, Lagos

Tanker-fireThere’s been another fuel tanker explosion in the Idimu area of Lagos State.

Reports say a tanker fully loaded with automotive gas oil otherwise known as diesel exploded around Idimu at about 12:30am today (Saturday).

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesman, Ibrahim Farinloye has confirmed that officials of the agency and the Federal and State Fire Services have converged in the area to manage the situation.

The accident came four days after a similar one occurred in Iyana Ipaja.

Gunmen seize Nigerian fuel tanker off Cote d’Ivoire

Gunmen seized a Nigerian-owned, Panama-flagged tanker with 16 Nigerian crew off Cote d’Ivoire‘s port of Abidjan as it prepared to unload 5,000 tonnes of fuel, port officials said on Monday.

Attacks on shipping are increasing in the Gulf of Guinea – second only to the waters around Somalia for piracy. But the ITRI incident was only the second of its kind in Ivorian waters.

The tanker, named the ITRI and owned by Lagos-based Brila Energy, was commandeered on Thursday, Abidjan’s port authority said in a statement.
Serge Constant of Koda Maritime, an Ivorian firm that was managing its stopover in Cote d’Ivoire, said there has been no contact with it since.

Constant said the ITRI’s onboard tracking system had been disabled. Abidjan port officials said the ITRI’s last known position was off the coast of neighboring Ghana. But Ghanaian authorities said they had been unable to locate the ITRI.

“…We now seem to be back to square one. The information is contradictory. We don’t know who’s telling us the truth and who isn’t,” said Constant.

Piracy subsided to a five-year low in 2012 due mainly to a drastic reduction in Somali hijackings in the seas off the Horn of Africa. But 10 vessels with a total of 207 crew were seized in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau.

Many of the pirate gangs in the Gulf of Guinea are offshoots of militant groups that once operated in Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta before they agreed an amnesty in 2009.

Analysts say coordinated efforts by Nigerian authorities and neighboring countries have forced Nigerian pirates to seek easier targets outside their home waters.

“Nigeria and Benin have had joint actions for two years, and they have been quite successful. We haven’t seen the kinds of heavy attacks that we used to see,” said Martin Ewi, a senior researcher with South Africa’s Institute for Security Studies.

“Ivory Coast seems to be attracting those that have been driven out.”

In October, suspected Nigerian pirates seized a Bahamas-flagged tanker carrying more than 32,000 metric tonnes of gasoline near Abidjan’s port. The 24 crew were later freed unharmed.

Sallah: Thousands of passengers stranded as fuel tanker blocks Lagos-Ibadan expressway

Thousands of passengers and motorist plying the Lagos-Ibadan expressway were on Friday stranded for several hours as a tanker carrying petroleum product fell on one part of the road.
The tanker which was laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) was reportedly travelling from Lagos towards Ibadan at about 11:30pm on Thursday when it accidentally stumbled and fell blocking the expressway.

Motorist travelling out of Lagos were redirected to a single lane by officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, and the police.

An official of the FRSC, who spoke with Channels Television, said a bad portion of the road around the Berger bus stop was the cause of the accident.

Point towards a pothole on the road, the FRSC official said: “There is a pothole there, maybe the driver enter it and couldn’t control and then rammed into the wall that partitioned the road.”

He said security operatives were around to chase anyone that would attempt to scoop fuel from the fallen tanker.

Channels Television correspondence at the scene of the accident reported that most passengers spent hours trekking from the old toll gate to Berger bus stop.

Don’t panic, there is enough fuel for all – Minister of Petroleum

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, on Thursday allayed fears that the nation could be thrown into another bout of fuel scarcity explaining that there is enough fuel in reserve within the country to last 40 to 45 days.

Minister of Petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke

The Minister made this clarification at the inaugural meeting of the newly constituted Board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

She explained that the artificial hitch in distribution currently being experienced has nothing to do with shortage in supply but unresolved issues between the Ministry of Finance and petroleum marketers.

The Minister expressed optimism that the issue will be resolved soon as the federal government was in control of the situation.

Long queues for fuel have increased across fuel stations in the Federal Capital Territory following the disagreement between the federal government and some major fuel marketers over subsidy payments.

An industrial action by oil marketers commenced on Wednesday, because some of them were yet to be paid money for subsidized oil importation by the government.

A trip around the town by Channels Television’s correspondent revealed empty streets with most cars parked at petrol stations.

Most petrol stations were not dispensing fuel as they claim the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has refused any tanker from coming into Abuja.

The government halted the payments of subsidy claims following the indictment of some of the marketers by the fuel subsidy investigation committees.

VIDEO: Government holds mass burial for tanker explosion victims

The Rivers State government has given a mass burial for most of Thursday’s oil tanker explosion victims, a Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) official said.

The State sector commander for the commission, Kayode Olagunju told reporters in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital that 89 of the 95 persons who died in the petrol tanker explosion were given a mass burial at Okobe village in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of the State.

Mr Olagunju said six of the victims who died were identified and released to their respective families.

He said in all, 95 persons died in the incident with 18 others injured.

Police sources had earlier said that more than 100 persons were feared to be burnt to death, while many were injured while scooping fuel from a fallen tanker in the early hours of Thursday.

Stealing fuel from oil pipeline or taking oil from broken-down oil tanker truck is very common in Nigeria.

The past few years have witnessed a string of pipeline explosions, with each killing at least dozens of people.

Nearly 300 people were burnt to death in Lagos on 26 December 2006, as they scooped fuel from a vandalized pipeline.