Ogun Tanker Fire: Two Persons Killed, 17 Vehicles Burnt

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Two persons have been killed and six others injured after a tanker containing premium motor spirit fell and spilled its content at the old tollgate, in the Sanford area of Ogun state.

The fire also left about seventeen vehicles burnt.

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According to the Federal Road Safety Corps, the incident was caused by a mechanical fault leading to the ill-fated trailer skidding off the road and bursting into flames.

The state governor Dapo Abiodun who went to assess the scene of the incident commiserated with families of the victims and promised to offset the medical bills of those who sustained injuries from the inferno.

Vehicles Burnt As Petrol Tanker Goes Ablaze In Lagos

 

Danger was averted on Monday in the Baruwa, Ipaja area of Lagos state after a petrol tanker went up in flames following activities of suspected vandals.

The fire which was put out by men of the fire service was said to have been caused by the activities of pipeline vandals.

According to eyewitness report, the suspected oil thieves came with eight petrol tankers, seven successfully escaped with the product but the last one caught fire when it cut an electricity supply cable which led to the burning of two other vehicles.

Though no lives were lost, the vandals are said to have taken to their heels on sighting security personnel.

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Death Toll From Tanzania Tanker Explosion Hits 100

 

A Tanzanian security officer controls the area where the carcass of a burnt out fuel tanker is seen along the side of the road following an explosion on August 10, 2019, AFP

 

The death toll from a fuel truck explosion in Tanzania on August 10 hit 100 on Wednesday after several victims perished from severe burns.

Aminiel Aligaesha, a spokesman for the National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, told reporters “two people died on Tuesday during the day, and another on Tuesday night”, bringing the total number of dead to 100.

Officials had put the tally at 95 on Sunday, and another two people were announced dead on Monday.

At least 30 of the victims died in the days after the accident, in which a fireball engulfed a crowd thronging to collect petrol from an overturned tanker near Morogoro, 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Dar es Salaam.

Officials said the explosion was triggered when a man tried to take the truck’s battery, creating sparks that ignited the fuel.

A doctor at the hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that most of those who survived the initial blast had suffered burns on over 80 per cent of their body.

“We are doing our best, but most of them are in critical condition,” said the doctor.

Many of the victims are motorbike taxi drivers who rushed to the scene to try to siphon off leaking petrol.

It was the latest in a string of such disasters in Africa and at least the third this year.

Last month, 45 people were killed and more than 100 injured in central Nigeria when a petrol tanker crashed and then exploded as people tried to take the fuel.

In May, a similar incident in Niger killed nearly 80 people.

In the worst tragedy, 292 people lost their lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in July 2010, while in September 2015 at least 203 people died the South Sudan town of Maridi.

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US Issues Warrant For Seizure Of Iranian Tanker In Gibraltar

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The US Justice Department issued a warrant Friday for the seizure of the Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, one day after a Gibraltar judge allowed the release of the detained vessel.

The Justice Department alleged the ship was part of a scheme “to unlawfully access the US financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” which the US has designated a foreign terrorist organization.

The warrant says the vessel, which remained anchored in the British Mediterranean territory late Friday, and all the oil aboard are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, as well as bank fraud, money laundering, and terrorism statutes.

It also ordered the seizure of $995,000 in an account at an unnamed US bank associated with Paradise Global Trading LLC, which it called a shell company associated with businesses which act for the Revolutionary Guards.

There was no immediate word from Britain or Gibraltar over whether they would act on the warrant, as Iran said it was sending a new crew to pilot the tanker and its 2.1 million barrels of oil.

Ship Released On Thursday

On Thursday a Gibraltar judge ordered the release of the Grace 1, six weeks after it was detained on suspicion of violating international sanctions on Syria, the alleged planned recipient of the crude oil it was carrying.

The judge rejected a last-minute legal move by Washington demanding that the ship remain detained.

The July 4 seizure came amid surging tensions in the Gulf after several alleged Iranian attacks on smaller tankers.

The US — citing Tehran’s threat to American allies — expanded its military presence in the region with a new aircraft carrier task force, missile batteries and strategic bombers.

Iran called the detention of the Grace 1 an “illegal interception” staged by the United States, while Washington cheered it as “excellent news.”

Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since US President Donald Trump withdrew last year from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between major powers and Iran, reimposing crippling unilateral sanctions.

In the wake of Grace 1’s detention, on July 19 Iran seized the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz.

Tehran said the ship was in violation of “international maritime rules,” but the move was widely seen as retaliation for the Grace 1.

Ship To Get New Crew

Thursday’s release of the Grace 1 came after Gibraltar’s government said it had received written assurances from Iran that the ship would not be headed for countries “subject to European Union sanctions.”

“We have deprived the Assad regime in Syria of more than $140 million worth of crude oil,” Gibraltar chief minister Fabian Picardo said.

The US-issued seizure warrant would require Britain to decide whether to act again to detain the vessel, and it was not clear if that would happen.

Earlier Friday, Iranian officials said the tanker was preparing to set sail under an Iranian flag and would be renamed the Adrian Darya for the voyage.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that the US attempt at “piracy” had failed, saying it showed Washington’s “contempt for the law.”

But according to an AFP source, the ship was awaiting the arrival of a new Iranian crew before it would leave Gibraltar. The original captain and crew were Indian nationals.

On Thursday the US State Department threated to issue a visa ban on anyone working on the ship.

Iran Denies Giving ‘Assurances’

Iran denied Friday it had made any promises about the ship’s destination to secure the release, saying Gibraltar was only seeking to “save face.”

“Iran has given no assurances over the Grace 1 not going to Syria to secure its release,” a state media website quoted foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi as saying.

“The tanker’s destination was not Syria… and even if it was, it did not concern anyone else.”

Normalcy Restored In Ogun After Tanker Accident

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The Mack truck laden with Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) which killed one person and injured eight others along the Sango corridor of the Lagos/Abeokuta expressway in Ogun state has been towed off the road.

The tanker lost control as a result of brake failure and rammed into a sports utility vehicle and a motorcycle.

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According to the route commander of the Ogun state S3 for of the FRSC, Mrs Florence Okpe, the content was successfully transloaded into another truck.

She added that the earlier gridlock around the Jojo area of the road has also been cleared.

“The earlier reported obstruction caused by the crashed tanker laden with PMS, around Jujo on Abeokuta – Otta route, has been successfully towed off the road, after transloading to another Truck and traffic gridlock, has been brought under control.

“Even though traffic on both sections of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway is heavy, FRSC personnel, other traffic and emergency agencies are still on the ground managing the traffic situation.”

She asked for the cooperation of motorists with traffic and emergency agencies, as they try to clear the backlog of traffic.

“Motorists are enjoined to cooperate with the FRSC and sister traffic and emergency agencies working to restore the free flow of traffic.”

Iran’s Seizure Of Two Ships ‘Unacceptable’, Says UK

 

Britain on Friday said Iran had seized two ships in the Gulf, with Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt condemning the incidents as “unacceptable” and saying he was “extremely concerned”.

“I’m extremely concerned by the seizure of two naval vessels by Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz,” he said in a statement. “These seizures are unacceptable.”

Britain confirmed that one of the boats seized was British registered.

The other was Liberian-flagged, but reported to be owned by British company Norbulk Shipping.

The government was to hold an emergency ministerial meeting later on Friday “to review what we know and what we can do to swiftly secure the release of the two vessels”, Hunt said.

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Britain’s ambassador in Tehran was in contact with Iranian authorities “to resolve the situation”, he added.

The government said it did not believe any British citizens were on board either ship, but called on Iran to let them go.

“It is essential that freedom of navigation is maintained and that all ships can move safely and freely in the region,” said Hunt.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announced earlier Friday they had confiscated the British tanker Stena Impero, owned by Swedish shipping giant Stena Bulk, for breaking “international maritime rules”.

Liberian-flagged tanker Mesdar, owned by British company Norbulk Shipping, was then reported to have been seized after deviating sharply from its course in the same stretch of water.

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Iran Guards Say They Confiscated British Tanker In Strait Of Hormuz

An image grab taken from a video released by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards on July 18, 2019, reportedly shows the Panamanian-flagged tanker Riah, that was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. STRINGER / IRINN / AFP

 

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards announced Friday they had confiscated a British tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for breaking “international maritime rules”.

The Stena Impero tanker “was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organisation when passing through the strait of Hormuz, for failing to respect international maritime rules,” the Guards’ official website Sepahnews announced.

The tanker “was led to the shore and handed over to the organisation to go through the legal procedure and required investigations,” it said.

The Swedish owners of the Stena Impero said the vessel had come under “attack” in the Strait of Hormuz.

Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management said in a statement that it “can confirm that… our managed vessel Stena Impero was attacked by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter while transiting the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters”.

“We are presently unable to contact the vessel which is now tracking as heading north towards Iran,” it said.

And the United States, which has blamed Tehran for a series of tanker attacks in the Gulf in recent months despite Iranian denials, denounced what it called “escalatory violence” by Iran in the strategic waterway.

“The US will continue to work with our allies and partners to defend our security and interests against Iran’s malign behaviour,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said in a statement.

Tanker tracking service Marine Traffic showed that the UK-flagged, Swedish-owned Stena Impero last signalled its location near the Island of Larak in the highly sensitive waterway at 9:00 PM local time (1630 GMT).

The UK is “urgently seeking further information and assessing the situation following reports of an incident in the Gulf,” a British government spokesperson said.

The announcement came just hours after Gibraltar’s Supreme Court announced it would extend by 30 days the detention of an Iranian tanker seized two weeks ago on allegations that it was headed to Syria in violation of sanctions.

British authorities’ detention of the Grace 1 supertanker sparked outrage in Tehran, which accused London of doing the bidding of the Washington in action that is “tantamount to maritime banditry”.

On Tuesday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused the “vicious British” of “piracy” and vowed retaliation.

The Guards also seized another “foreign tanker” on Thursday, believed to be the Panamanian-flagged vessel Riah and its crew, and accused the ship of smuggling Iranian fuel.

A series of such incidents have sent tensions soaring between Iran on one side and the US and its allies on the other, raising fears of a regional war in the Gulf.

President Donald Trump insisted Friday that the American military had downed an Iranian drone that was threatening a US naval vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, which Tehran denied.

On Thursday, Trump said the USS Boxer had downed an Iranian drone that threatened the amphibious assault ship as it was entering the Strait.

The alleged incident came after Iran shot down a US drone last month, nearly sparking retaliatory strikes.

The Strait of Hormuz is the conduit for nearly a third of the world’s crude oil.

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US Slams ‘Escalatory Violence’ By Iran Over Seized British Tanker

 

The United States accused Iran of “escalatory violence” on Friday after the country’s Revolutionary Guards announced they had confiscated a British tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Asked about the latest incident as he departed the White House, President Donald Trump told reporters there could be more than one tanker involved.

“It could be one, it could be two,” Trump said. “We will talk to the UK. We’ll be working with the UK.”

The Swedish owner of the UK-flagged tanker Stena Impero confirmed Friday the ship had been “attacked” and was heading towards Iran.

CNN quoted an unnamed US official as saying Iran had seized a second tanker, the Liberian-flagged MV Mesdar.

“The US will continue to work with our allies and partners to defend our security and interests against Iran’s malign behavior,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis said in a statement, denouncing “escalatory violence by the Iranian regime.”

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The incident comes after months of mounting tensions between Iran and the United States, which has tried to stop all oil exports from its adversary.

Hours before the latest episode came to light, the State Department explained the administration’s position in a presentation to diplomats accredited in Washington.

Some 100 envoys took part in the briefing by Brian Hook, the US pointman on Iran, who explained the Trump administration’s initiative for maritime security in the Strait of Hormuz, diplomats said.

The administration has called for a “coalition” in which navies escort their ships through the Strait of Hormuz with the United States providing command control and surveillance.

Some 20 percent of the world’s oil transits through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow chokepoint to the Gulf.

Iranian Boats Attempt To ‘Impede Passage’ Of British Tanker

A handout picture released by the Ministry of Defence shows the Panama registered Grace 1 tanker halted by Gibraltar police and a detachment of British Royal Marines in the Gibraltar Strait in the early hours of July 4, 2019. Handout / MOD / CROWN COPYRIGHT 2019 / AFP

 

Three Iranian ships attempted to “impede the passage” of a British oil tanker in Gulf waters, forcing a UK frigate to intervene, the British government said Thursday.

“Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British Heritage, through the Strait of Hormuz,” a British government statement said of the incident, which occurred on Wednesday.

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“HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal warnings to the Iranian vessels, which then turned away. We are concerned by this action and continue to urge the Iranian authorities to de-escalate the situation in the region,” the statement said.

Two Killed In Oyo Petrol Tanker Explosion

 

Two persons have been confirmed dead in a blaze after a tanker laden with petrol skidded off the Ibadan end of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

The police authorities in Oyo State confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Thursday.

According to them, the tanker spilled its content into a nearby intersection while an unconfirmed number of people sustained burns of various degrees.

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The accident occurred at Onipepeye area, along Iwo Road in Ibadan, the state capital.

An eyewitness explained that some people rushed to the scene and started scooping fuel from the tanker shortly after it skidded off.

However, an attempt to start a broken-down vehicle nearby was said to have ignited the areas around the spill, causing the tanker to explode.

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11 Killed, Several Injured As Tanker Explodes In Gombe

 

No fewer than 11 people have been confirmed dead, with several others injured after a tanker exploded along the Gombe Biu bypass.  

The Head of the Accident and Emergency Unit of the State specialist hospital in Gombe confirmed this on grounds of anonymity.

Channels Television gathered that four persons in critical conditions are currently admitted at the hospital while 10 others who had mild injuries have received medical attention and have been discharged.

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According to witnesses, the accident occurred when a fully loaded petrol tanker seemed to have had a brake failure and rammed into a truck loaded with bottled water crushing two motorcycles and two tricycles.

Some of the victims were reportedly burnt beyond recognition.

As at the time of filing this report, concerned authorities were yet to make a formal statement on the incident.

Below are some photos from the scene of the accident.

UPDATED: Two Killed, Six Injured As Fuel Tanker Bursts Into Flames In Anambra

 

Two persons have been killed while six others were left severely injured after a fully loaded fuel tanker skidded off track and fell at Amawbia Junction, near the Governor’s lodge in Anambra State.

Witnesses say the tanker burst into flames almost immediately after it fell.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in the state,  Mr Andrew Kumapayi, confirmed the incident.

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He disclosed that the driver of the ill-fated tanker hit the body of the truck against the rail of some decorative pillars at the Amawbia roundabout, while negotiating a bend.

Kumapayi said few minutes afterwards, the vehicle went up in flames.

He noted that the victims have all been rushed to the state teaching hospital.

He also confirmed that several cars were completely burnt and houses near the scene were gutted by fire.

The security post of the Governor’s lodge was also affected.

Several fire fighting trucks and fire men were still battling the fire at the time of filing this report.