One person has died with many innocent citizens injured in an early morning petrol tanker explosion in Abeokuta. The explosion also burnt many properties, including vehicles. The incident was reported to have occurred around 8:15 am around the Presidential Boulevard Road opposite Lawson Group School, Kuto, in the capital city.
According to Punch report, a 33,000-litre fuel-laden tanker had a brake failure, a development that culminated in the explosion.
The tanker which was said to be coming from Sagamu-Siun-Oke-Mosan Road climbed the overhead bridge but suddenly lost control while descending from the bridge.
The tanker hit a motorcycle which was in motion and rammed into some commercial vehicles waiting for passengers at the end of the bridge and it exploded shortly after the collision.
The fire which spread to a few offices around the place caused panic as many motorists started making reverse to avoid being caught up in the explosion.
As at the time of filing this report, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Fire Service and other relevant bodies are yet to arrive at the scene.
Similarly, anxiety and fear have gripped many as the explosion happened opposite a school and the fate of some pupils who were in vehicles around the scene is still not known.
[11:11 AM, 1/19/2021] Mr Raheem ACJ: BREAKING: A’Ibom PDP Chairman Dies
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udo Ekpenyong, has died
Ekpenyong was said to have passed on in the early hours of Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from Covid-19 complications.
Though no official statement yet