According to eyewitnesses, the tanker fell on the road around 9.15 am spilling its content and eventually exploding in front of the Lagos State Fire Service on the Oshodi-Apapa expressway.
The Federal Fire Service in an update on its official handle shared photos of firefighters at the scene and noted that “the tanker fire situation at Toyota Bus stop, along Oshodi Apapa Expressway, Lagos State has been brought under control.”
Update:The tanker fire situation at Toyota Bus stop, along Oshodi Apapa Expressway, Lagos State has been brought under control. pic.twitter.com/JG9M8ZVQYn
A diesel fuel tanker has crashed and burst into flames at the Ladipo end of the Oshodi-Apapa expressway in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria.
The burning tanker has been spewing thick plumes of black smoke into the air in the area.
A roadside mechanic who witnessed the accident told Channels Television that a school bus filled with children narrowly escaped the explosion.
Another witness said the tanker driver was driving at a very high speed when he lost control and veered off the road, hitting a culvert with the vehicle said to be carrying about 3,000 litres of diesel and burst into flames on impact.
Fire trucks of the Lagos Fire Service reportedly arrived early on the scene, but exhausted their supply of water without putting out the fire.
It took the arrival of a second fire truck to extinguish the flames.
The incident, which occurred on Monday, is said to have caused a massive gridlock on both sides of the expressway.
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has ratified and approved three United Nations Conventions for domestication and operation in the country.
The conventions are the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons; International Convention against the Taking of Hostages and that of the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings.
While briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku said that the memos for the ratification of the convention were brought to the council by the ministry of foreign affairs for approval.
Over N123 billion road contracts was also approved, while the full operation of rail transportation is said to commence fully within major city in the country by next year.
The Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen said the contracts will focus on the reconstruction of section two phase two of the Oshodi –Apapa Expressway with N14.9 billion.
He also said that the Mokwa-Bida Expressway in Niger state is a collaborative effort with the World Bank and will gulp N10.9 biilion, adding that the rehabilitation of the Akure-Ilesha Expressway in Ondo and Osun states will cost N7.39 billion.
The FEC also approved the purchase of 6 mobile sub stations in the power sector totaling N1.8 billion.
The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo said the substations will serve as substitutes when the need arises for both the existing power plants and the NIPP projects.
He also announces that seven out of the 10 NIPP projects are ready for commissioning
Residents and motorists who ply the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway heaved a sigh of relief on Monday, as the usual sight of trailers and tankers parked indiscriminately on the highway was nowhere to be found.
The move gave way to a free flow of traffic, as the nearly three hours journey from Oshodi to Mile 2 and to Apapa now takes about 30 minutes.
Commercial bus operators and Passengers could not hold back their joy on discovering that the over 2500 tankers had quit the highway. Monday’s intervention by the Lagos State government started two weeks ago when Governor Babatunde Fashola paid an unscheduled visit to the Apapa area and issued a seven-day ultimatum to the truck and tank drivers parked on the expressway to vacate or have their vehicles impounded. When the ultimatum, expired on Sunday, the enforcement team of the state government, in collaboration with the police, members of para-military organisations and military men, led by the Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko and the state Task Force Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman, moved in to dislodge the truck drivers that proved ‘stubborn’. Over 60 tankers were impounded by the enforcement team while the squad, armed with floodlights and sophisticated demolition equipment, also demolished illegal structures, including shops and buildings within the Apapa area. The exercise was a follow up on the directive of the governor to stop the nuisance caused by miscreants and street urchins who had found refuge under the bridges and hitherto served as hideouts for criminals.
The Special Adviser to the President on Performance and Evaluation and Chairman of the Ports Reform Committee, Sylvester Monye explained the efforts of the federal and the Lagos state governments in reforming the Apapa port.
Mr Monye said the idea is to do for Apapa road what the Lagos State Government has done for the Oshodi Expressway.