Another Petrol Tanker Explodes In Omagba, Onitsha

Barely 48 hours after a petrol tanker exploded at Upper Iweka, Onitsha another tanker explosion has occurred along the Enugu/Onitsha Expressway near Omagba, Anambra State.

The fuel-laden tanker according to eyewitnesses fell at Bessoy Filling Station Bus Stop around 3:00 am spilling its contents. The contents then flowed through an underground tunnel into Heritage Street, Omagba where it eventually exploded.

Properties including earthmoving machines, two residential buildings, and several business outlets were gutted by the fire. Vehicles numbering about 15 were destroyed in the fire.

Before the intervention of emergency service operatives from Anambra State Fire Service, residents trooped out en-masse and lent support to quench the fire.

Presently, no death has been recorded but residents decry the huge losses caused by the fire accident.

Meanwhile, another petrol tanker has also lost control and fallen along Agulu road this morning creating panic among residents in the area.

See more photos from the fire accident below…

Death Toll In Gombe Petrol Tanker Explosion Rises To 16

Death Toll In Gombe Petrol Tanker Explosion Rises To 16


The number of those killed in a petrol tanker explosion in Gombe State has risen to 16.

The Assistant Director of Nurses at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, Musa Gyade, confirmed this to Channels Television on Sunday.

Eleven people were initially confirmed dead with several others injured on Saturday after the tanker exploded along the Gombe-Biu bypass.

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The tanker, said to be laden with petrol, was said to have had a brake failure and rammed into a truck loaded with bottled water, crushing two motorcycles and two tricycles in the process.

Giving an update on the incident, Gyade disclosed that 20 other victims sustained various degrees of burns.

He, however, said they were already receiving medical attention at both the Federal Teaching Hospital and the State Specialist Hospital in Gombe.

The assistant director explained that 23 people were brought to the hospital, out of which three of them died while being treated and two more deaths were later recorded.

Elsewhere, the Medical Director of the State Specialist Hospital, Dr Shu’aibu Mu’azu, told Channels Television that 11 bodies were brought to the hospital.

He added that four of them were recognised and handed over to their relatives, but no one has come to claim the remaining seven bodies as they were burnt beyond recognition.

Many Feared Dead As Tanker Explodes In Cross River


There are fears that many people have lost their lives after a petroleum tanker burst into flames at the Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River state.

Channels Television gathered that some of the residents were scooping fuel from a fallen petroleum tanker when the explosion occurred.

The tanker laden with PMS was reportedly heading outside the state capital when it suddenly lost balance towards the Federal Housing Estate along the Odukpani axis of the highway and fell off.

Dozens were said to have rushed down to scoop the spilled product which later resulted in an explosion leaving many burnt beyond recognition.

Majority of the victims are said to have sustained third-degree injuries and are currently at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

As of the time of filing this report, the number of casualties recorded could not be ascertained.

Attempts are being made to reach relevant authorities to get a clearer insight into the unfortunate incident.

Below are some more photos from the scene, some pictures have been purposely left out because of their graphic nature.

More details later.

Petrol Tanker Crushes 3 Vehicles On Lagos-Ibadan Express

Petrol TankerA multiple accident occurred at the Otedola bridge axis of Lagos-Ibadan express way on Wednesday involving a petrol tanker.

Eyewitnesses say the truck loaded with petrol had a failed break and rammed into vehicles close to it.

Seven vehicles were affected, the worst being a commercial car with seven passengers on board.

A rescue official at the scene of the accident told Channels Television that several people were injured in the crash, including a pregnant woman.

The woman is said to have recovered at the Lagos State Emergency Hospital where she was rushed to.


Security Agencies Asked To Check Petrol Tankers Thoroughly

tanker_fireThe Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, has advised security agencies in Nigeria to beef up its check operations on petrol tankers after a security alert of an alleged plan by insurgents to use patrol tankers for attacks.

Members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram, has carried out series of attacks on villages, schools and churches in Nigeria’s north east.

The information centre had received a tip-off that the group is planning to hijack petrol tankers for planned ‎deadly attacks on crowded areas in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Mr Omeri further advised members of the petroleum tanker drivers association to report any attempt of seizure of their vehicles to security agencies.

The group has shifted attacks in recent days to football viewing centres and security agencies has warned Nigerians to avoid such centres.



Petrol Tanker Explodes in Mbiama Community Of Rivers State

A tanker carrying petroleum products today exploded at a National Union of Road Transport Workers motor park leaving one Mrs Onyime dead and eight others severely injured.

The explosion also destroyed parked vehicles, buildings and properties worth millions of Naira in the Mbiama community in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The tanker which exploded at about 8:10am is said to have lost control and slipped into the motor park as the driver of the tanker tried to dodge an oncoming vehicle due to the narrowness and poor condition of the East/West road.

The petroleum tanker which immediately burst into flames claimed the life of Mrs Onyime and severely injured others who are currently receiving medical attention in undisclosed hospitals.

The ravaging effect of the fire was curbed by the prompt response of the fire service from neighbouring Bayelsa State, which was later joined by the firemen of Rivers State.

Asst. Corp Commander, Theophilus Egwim of the Federal Road Safety Corp confirmed the number of those injured and gave more insight on the cause of the incident.

It will be recalled that this incident is occurring barely six months after  a similar  occurrence at Okogbe Community which is less than 15 minutes’ drive from the motor park in Mbiama.

15 Feared Dead As Petrol Tanker Crashes Into Commercial Bus

An accident involving two petrol tankers and a commercial bus occurred on Sunday morning at Odo Oba near Ogbomosho killing an unspecified number of people and injuring several others.

The accident which occurred when one of the petrol tankers, coming from Katsina State tried to avoid a bad road thereby had an head on collision with the commercial bus coming from the opposite direction.

The National Emergency Management Agency confirmed the crash, saying three persons escaped.

A woman, who survived the accident narrated what happened in Hausa to Channels Television, said that the driver of the commercial bus was trying to avoid a head on collision with the trailer when the accident occurred and that she saw a passenger sitting beside her burning.

According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the second petrol tanker had stopped by to assist the victims of the accident when his own vehicle was gutted by the flames from the burning vehicles.

There were conflicting figures on the number of dead and those still trapped in the burning vehicles but a text message from the Ogbomosho unit commander of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) G. A. Adedipe said three people died, two trapped in the burning vehicles while nine that were injured have been taken to a private clinic.