Diesel laden tanker explodes on Otedola bridge

Diesel laden tanker explodes on Otedola bridge

- A near-death incident has occurred on the Otedola Bridge along Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.

- NEMA has spoken about the circumstances surrounding the occurrence

- Several accidents in the past have occurred on Otedola Bridge

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A diesel laden tanker has exploded near Otedola Estate on the outbound service lane of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

According to The Sun, the Lagos state acting coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Ibrahim Farinloye confirmed the incident.

Commotion tanker explodes on Otedola bridge
The frequent cases of tanker explosions in Nigeria has called into question the roadworthiness of these vehicles. Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei
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He said the explosion occurred after one of the tyres of the truck caught fire while the vehicle was in motion.

Farinloye disclosed that no casualty was recorded from the incident.

Vanguard reported that a family of six in a smaller car escaped being burnt after the truck rammed into their vehicle while reversing.

The truck driver who later recounted his ordeal said he suddenly discovered that the tanker was rolling back on motion and thereafter hit the private car conveying the family.

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In another report, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has mandated the use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for the processing of driver’s license.

The agency made the announcement on Wednesday, December 16 in a statement posted on its social media pages and signed by an Assistant Corps Marshal, Bisi Kazeem.

He emphasised the need for a harmonised database of all citizens and described it as critical to resolving security challenges in the country.

Meanwhile, the work of the presidential task team on the restoration of law and order in Apapa ended last month when the team submitted a report to the presidency and returned responsibility on traffic management back to the Lagos state government.

This information was contained in a report seen by Legit.ng and submitted by the executive vice-chairman of the now rested Presidential Task Team, Comrade Kayode Opeifa.

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According to the report, the Lagos state government would now take the task forward while the Nigerian Port Authority would fix its call-up system to effectively manage the movement of trucks in and out of the ports.

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