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7 killed, scores injured in Ogun fuel tanker explosion

By Tolulope Ajani, Lagos
It was as sad day for the residents of Ibafo area in Ogun state as a tanker laden with fuel burst into flames on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, killing three and injuring scores
Witnesses said that the tanker burst into flames during while trans loading its product into another tanker, after its tyres were damaged by a pothole.
The witness who declined anonymity told that, “While the owners of the tanker were transloading the product believed to be petrol, a commercial bus driver whose vehicle was smoking passed by and the tanker exploded, killing seven persons while many others were burnt.
“Those mostly affected were petrol black market dealers on the roadside. The incident happened Tuesday night and travellers were trapped in traffic gridlock that occurred till Wednesday morning”
The Assistant Corps Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mowe Unit, Mr Dare Ogunjobi, said the command was yet to ascertain the casualty figure in the incident.
He said: “After clearing the traffic, we are going to visit some of the hospitals in the neighbourhood to ascertain the num­ber and identities of victims and the death casualty. As at now we have not received any report on the casualties.”
A driver said: “We rushed some victims including Abdullahi Umar, Issa Yahaya, Sallah Mu­hammed and Adam to a private hospital in the community, the doc­tor was demanding for N100,000 each for treatment”

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