VIDEO: Properties, Businesses Destroyed As Tanker Explodes In Yola

 

No fewer than 30 business centres and shops were razed on Monday morning following a tanker explosion in Yola, Adamawa State.

Tragedy struck after the tanker, laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, attempted to negotiate the popular Maidoki Roundabout in the state capital.

Thereafter, the tanker overturned, separating from the main vehicle and spilled its content on the road and into a nearby drainage around the busy PZ industrial layout along the Airport Road.

A firefighter battles the inferno at the scene of the tanker explosion in the Adamawa State capital on September 13, 2021.

 

Narrating how the incident occurred, an eyewitness, Godson Chucks, told Channels Television that fire erupted after the petrol flowed through the drainage to where a local tea-maker (popularly known as meshai) was plying his trade.

Vehicles and shops, including business centres and fruit stalls located within an 80-metre radius, worth millions of naira, were destroyed by the inferno.

A tanker laden with petrol exploded at the Maidoki Roundabout in Yola, Adamawa State on September 13, 2021.

 

Shortly after the tanker went up in flames, a combined team of officials from the state and federal fire services were said to have arrived at the scene.

The emergency responders were supported by their counterparts from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Yola, and others.

Emergency responders battle an inferno after a petrol-laden tanker exploded in Yola, Adamawa State on September 13, 2021.

 

They battled the raging fire and brought it under control, preventing further damage to the nearby petrol and gas stations in the area.

The incident caused a gridlock in the area as onlookers gathered at the scene, despite the danger of the spilled fuel flowing freely on the road.

As at the time of this report, the inferno had been put out and no life was lost.

See more photos of the fire incident below:

Explosion: Six Tankers, Five Trucks Burnt On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Vehicles numbering 13 have been destroyed in a fuel tanker explosion around a trailer park at Ogere, Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

The burnt vehicles include six tankers, five trucks, and two cars.

According to eyewitnesses, the explosion occurred at about 6:20am on Tuesday impeding traffic outward Lagos State.

Fire Fighters and road safety officials are at the scene battling the fire.

Officials told Channels Television that the casualty figure cannot be ascertained for now.

The officials say as they tried to remove the burnt vehicles and open up a detour for other vehicles, the fire ignited again prompting firefighters to resume extinguishing the fire.

Later in a statement, the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), urged motorists to ply alternative routes.

According to the spokesperson of the agency in Ogun State, Babatunde Akinbiyi, the incident occurred after a fully loaded trailer fell leading to gridlock. The tanker suddenly burst into flames affecting other vehicles in the process.

Akinbiyi added that the agency alongside other agencies – FRSC, NSCDC, and the Fire Service are working to handle the situation.

Vehicles moving inbound Lagos are advised to go through Saapade-Ode/Remo-Iperu-Sagamu to relink Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

While vehicles moving inbound Ibadan are advised to go through Sagamu-Iperu-Ode/Remo-Saapade to relink the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Five Die, Two Injured As Fuel Tank Explodes In Ogun

Scene of the tanker explosion.
Scene of the tanker explosion.

 

Five persons have been reportedly burnt to death while two others sustained injuries in an explosion at Ajilete axis of the Owode-Idiroko road in Ogun State.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Commander, Idiroko Unit, Akinwunmi Olaluwoye, who confirmed the development to newsmen said the truck was carrying 33,000 litres of diesel when the incident happened.

While noting that the fuel-laden tanker was descending a sloppy road when its tank fell off and burst into flames, the FRSC Commander debunked earlier reports suggesting that seven persons had died in the incident.

He said, “No vehicle rammed into the tanker. The tank dropped off from the back of the tanker and exploded and the number of persons involved is seven, five dead, two injured”.

Those who died in the incident are said to be residents of the area.

Olaluwoye who noted that the accident happened at about 8:15 am, also disclosed that a bus and a motorcycle were also razed in the explosion.

The unit commander said prior to the arrival of security operatives, the tanker driver had taken away the head of the truck, adding that the police have been left to investigate and find the driver who is now at large.

He said that the corpses of the victims have taken over by their family members.

Tanker Explosion: How Firefighters Battled Inferno In Pictures

A combination of photos from the scene of the tanker explosion along the Alagbole-Akute Road in Ogun State on March 6, 2021. Channels Television/ Taiwo Adesina.

 

A petrol-laden tanker on Saturday morning exploded at the retail station of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) along the Alagbole-Akute Road in Ogun State.

Witnesses said the fire started at about 6:45am while the firefighters were immediately contacted, and they arrived at the scene at about 7:23am.

No injury or death was recorded as a result of the incident.

The incident occurred in a border community with Lagos while the firefighters seen at the scene were officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

Officials of the Federal Fire Service were also said to have arrived at the scene of the incident shortly after the fire had been put out.

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Highlights of how the firefighters battled the inferno are captured in the pictures below:

Tanker Explosion: FRSC Issues February 2021 Deadline For Installation Of Safety Valves

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says February 2021 is the deadline for the installation of safety valves in petroleum tankers.

This according to the safety corps is part of efforts to curb recurring explosions across the country.

The Corp Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi made this known on Wednesday at its end of the year patrol briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Oyeyemi said the safety valves are essential to prevent tanker explosions and ensure that, “even if tanker falls, it won’t spill.”

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Speaking on safety measures during the yuletide, the FRSC Boss guaranteed that the deployment of personnel to various tank farms will be extensively enforced.

He also warned motorists to avoid violations including, speed limit, overloading, dangerous driving, and illegal use of spy number plate among other violations.

He added that there situation rooms across the country and over 25,000 personnel have been deployed to cover significant routes during the yuletide.

Tanker Explodes On Otedola Bridge

Tragedy occurred in the Otedola Bridge, Berger axis of Lagos State on Saturday following a tanker explosion.

Confirming the development, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said the incident occurred around 2.00 am involving a tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit and a truck carrying other goods.

The Director-General of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyitolu, said both trucks were out-bound Lagos for delivery.

“The Agency promptly responded to a fire outbreak after several distress calls were received from the control room at the above-mentioned address at around 0200hrs,” Oke-Osanyitolu said.

“On arrival at the incident scene, it was discovered that a 40fit containerized Truck loaded with fabric had a brake failure while moving inward Berger.

“It then collided with a tanker loaded with 33000 litres of PMS. The impact of the collision resulted in fire outbreak.”

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Channels Television learned that a stationary truck with registration number KBG91XA containing PMS which wasn’t involved in the collision was equally affected by the fire.

The scene of the tanker explosion on the Otedola Bridge, Berger axis of Lagos on October 17, 2020. Credit: LASEMA

However, there were no reported casualties.

Oke-Osanyitolu explained that a combination of responders have put out the fire, while the affected vehicles are being moved away with efforts to decongest traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Right now, the area has been cordoned off to prevent any further disaster as vehicles have been advised to make use of alternative routes.

‘We Must End Rampant Carnage On Our Roads’: Lawan Mourns Kogi Explosion Victims

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan

 

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has sent his condolences to the families of the tanker explosion victims calling for an end to rampant carnage on the roads.

Lawan in a statement by his Special Adviser, Ola Awoniyi expressed grief over the gruesome accident in which more than a score of people, including school children, were reported to have lost their lives or property.

“It is sad and totally unacceptable that such tragedy keeps recurring on our roads despite ample road safety regulations and enforcement personnel.

“While we mourn those who have so unfortunately lost their lives and pray for the speedy recovery of those who are injured, the incident underscores the need for constant review of our road safety strategy and mechanism with a view to making them more effective in preventing carnage on our roads.

“Significantly improving road safety in Nigeria is an urgent challenge for the relevant authorities and other stakeholders in our transport sector. We have to bring an end to the rampant carnage on our roads,” Lawan said.

The Senate President also extended his condolences to the government and people of Kogi State over the tragic incident.

Kogi Governor Reacts To Tanker Explosion, Sympathises With Victims

A file photo of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.

 

The Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Yahaya Bello has expressed shock over the unfortunate fatal tanker explosion which took place in the early hours of Wednesday, around the Felele area of the Lokoja metropolis.

Governor Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed expressed sadness over the tragic loss of lives, many vehicles, properties, and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire.

The governor condoled with the family of those affected by the ugly incident.

READ ALSO: At Least 23 Killed In Lokoja Tanker Explosion

While describing it as an unfortunate development, the governor said “this is sadly the greatest tragedy the state has witnessed in recent times”.

The Governor also urged the students of Kogi State Polytechnic to remain calm and peaceful, stating that he equally shared in their grieving moment over the death of some of their colleagues in the disaster.

Petrol-Laden Tanker Explodes In Front Of Bauchi Polytechnic

A petrol-laden tanker exploded in front of a Bauchi polytechnic on August 26, 2020.
A petrol-laden tanker exploded in front of a Bauchi polytechnic on August 26, 2020.

 

A tanker load of petrol has exploded in front of Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.

Two people sustained severe injuries and are said to be receiving treatment at the emergency centre of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.

An eyewitness, Bashir Yakubu, said the incident happened around 9 pm on Wednesday.

According to one account, the tanker was heading to Mararaba Liman Katagum along Dass road from Bauchi to offload its content when it hit a speed bump and lost control.

“I think it happened as a result of brake failure,” Yakubu said. “The tanker fell and split out its content but the driver escaped unhurt.

“The explosion did not happen immediately; it was some minutes later after the spilled content started a fire that the explosion happened.”

A spokesman for the Fire Service in Bauchi, Abubakar Bala, said his men moved to the scene as soon as they were informed about the incident.

He added that they succeeded in putting the fire under control and the destruction of lives and property was mitigated.

Fuel Tanker Explosion: Fire Fighters Put Out Inferno Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Firefighters at work on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Photos: Dare Idowu/Channels TV

 

Firefighters in Ogun and Lagos State have succeeded in putting out the inferno caused by an explosion which occurred in the early hours of Sunday.

The incident which occurred at the Kara end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at about 2:00 am, involved a petrol tanker, a gas truck and a cement transport truck and claimed several lives.

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It also resulted in gridlock as commuters were stuck, waiting for the fire to be put out and for the debris to be cleared.

Many were, however, forced to continue their journeys via foot as rescue operations went on.

See photos below.

Tanker Explosion Causes Gridlock On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

 

The traffic situation in Lagos State appears to have intensified over the last 24 hours following a tanker explosion.

The explosion involving a fuel tanker occurred on the Longbridge along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Tuesday evening.

Although there were no casualties, the incident resulted in gridlock as commuters were prevented from driving through until the fire was quenched and the remains of the vehicle were removed.

The gridlock spilled over into the early hours of Wednesday, causing hours of delay for commuters heading to various destinations.

This comes amidst the recent ban of tricycles (Keke) and motorcycles (Okada) by the Lagos State government which many say has worsened their plight in commuting to and fro their destinations.

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In addition to the limited means of transportation available, the Lagos/Ibadan expressway has experienced intense levels of traffic as a result of the ongoing reconstruction of the road.

Officials, however, say that the reconstruction which has lasted nearly 2 months is set to be concluded by the end of the month.

Hopefully, some relief will come to Nigerians.

Four Killed, 34 Injured In Niger Tanker Explosion

 

Four persons have been confirmed killed and 34 others injured following a tanker explosion at Kutigi town in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Joel Dagwa, confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Tuesday.

According to him, the explosion happened after a tanker carrying substance suspected to be diesel, collided with a container loaded with bags of maize which was also carrying about 200 people, as well as another trailer loaded with bags of maize and other farm produce.

 

 

Dagwa also stated that a story-building and several other shops by the roadside were gutted by the fire.

He, however, noted that all those who sustained injuries are now receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Kutigi.

“The trucks were from the North heading towards Lagos, while the tanker was from Lagos heading towards the North,” he said.