At the time of filing this report, it was yet to be made clear what stirred the explosion.
Men of the Federal and Lagos State Fire Service arrived the scene swiftly to douse the flames, a task which has continued for hours, thereby causing heavy traffic jam on both sides of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Five persons were feared killed on Wednesday after a fuel-laden tanker exploded in Ondo State.
According to eyewitnesses, the tanker was said to have lost control around Shagari Village junction, along the Ilesa/Owo Federal Highway at about 7:00 pm, after a Toyota Corolla car with five occupants rammed into it.
A security official who spoke to Channels Television stated that about four other vehicles were also affected.
Residents say a residential building and two shops were also burnt to ashes.
They, therefore, appealed to the government to construct a flyover along the junction in order to prevent further accidents.
More than 118 people were injured. The explosion came as people gathered to collect leaking fuel after the tanker overturned, government officials and rescue workers said.
Television footage showed the Prime Minister standing by the bedsides of victims and handing out compensation cheques.
The oil tanker driver, who survived, has been detained to assist in an investigation, but early reports do not indicate human error, provincial authorities said. Sharif has promised that an enquiry will be carried out.
At least 21 persons have been killed in an accident involving a tanker, a motorcycle and other vehicles at the Abudu axis of the Benin Asaba expressway.
According to an eyewitness, a tanker laden with kerosene ran into a motorcycle carrying a gallon of petrol and exploded, leaving about five vehicles held up in traffic on the road burnt.
He told Channels Television that a bad spot in the area had forced most of the vehicles to slow down and navigate the bad spot.
“We were at the bad spot, trying to ease movement of vehicles when we heard a sound. We looked back and saw fire coming from a tanker and we all ran from the scene,” he said, giving an account of the incident.
Confirming the incident, an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Edo Command, Samuel Odukoya, said that a number of factors could have resulted in the tragic incident, hinting that the casualty figure is well over 21.
“The number that could be gathered that could be recognised, because some of them were burnt totally, are 21.
“I learnt that one person was taken to the hospital yesterday,” he told Channels Television.
Several shops and vehicles have be destroyed by fire after a tanker loaded with petrol veered off a bridge at Iyana Ipaja area of Lagos State and exploded.
The fire burnt the line of shops, covering over 50 metres by the road side.
According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the incident was reported at about 12:58am.
A spokesman for the NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said: “We received the alert around 12:58am and we swung into action. Unfortunately it was a late action. When we heard it, we thought it was a pipeline fire. We deployed fire service to the area.
“We were able to contain it…. The police got to the scene and were able to also ward-off so many people that had wanted to turn the place to a place for sightseeing”.
No casualty has been reported in the incident that occurred two days after a similar incident in Ontisha in Anambra State left 69 persons dead.
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.