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.
The 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.
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.
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.