- There was no casualty in the tanker explosion that ensued in Lagos on Saturday, October 17
- This was the report released by the police command in the state on Saturday
- The police spokesman in the state, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said that the commissioner was at the scene of the fire for an on-the-spot assessment
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The police command in Lagos has given its official report on the tanker explosion that erupted on the Otedola Bridge in the Berger area of the state.
The command after its preliminary assessment by the police commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, disclosed that there was no casualty after the fire outbreak caused by collusion of a truck (with bad brake) and a tanker laden with petrol, Premium Times reports.
According to the police spokesman in the state, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, evacuation was carried out to ease traffic on the bridge.
Adejobi said that Odumosu's team "was assisted by the personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and the Fire Service of Lagos State.
“They have been working assiduously on the evacuation since 2.30 a.m....“No life was lost and all efforts are on to ease traffic along the expressway.”
Earlier, two tankers laden with petrol exploded on the ill-fated Otedola Bridge for the umpteenth time in the early hours of Saturday, October 17.
The Nation reports that the tankers went aflame around 2am on Saturday, with no official figure of any casualty.
Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LSAEMA), however, revealed that it has made swift responses to distress calls from eyewitnesses at the scene.
LASEMA was reported to have said:
“The Agency has responded to the distress calls concerning a tanker on fire at Berger along the Lagos Ibadan Expressway.”
LASEMA also disclosed that a 40fit containerized truck loaded with fabric had a brake failure and collided with a tanker loaded with 33000 litres of fuel, causing a massive inferno.
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