Emergency Responders At The Scene Of The Incident
The Ogun Traffic Compliance Agency (TRACE) and the National Emergency Management (NEMA), confirmed that a teenager died in the tanker fire incident reported on Friday morning involving a fully loaded Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Speaking to BUSINESSINSIDERNG, the head, NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, and Area Commander, TRACE Ogun West, Adekunle Ajibade, said a teenager, Oluwatobi Lawal, preparing dor Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and West African Examination Council (WAEC), next month lost his life while 42 make shift shops beside the road were affected.
According to Farinloye, the teenager was found afar from the site of the incident, though he couldn’t ascertained what led to his death.
He also disclosed that it was alleged that some guys were trying to scoop the spilled gasoline before the explosion started.
He said, “only one person died, and he’s Oluwatobi Lawal. He is a 15 year old teenager who has all the details on him. He died far away from the scene and we wouldn’t know whether he was trying to scoop fuel or not. All what we know is that after the fire fighting his body was found and recover. The buffer zone between the road and residential houses saved the residential houses from being affected.”
He also stated that the team will transfer the remaining content in the truck to the underground tank of the filling station.
“Everything has been brought under control and the fire put out. We are trying to transfer the remaining content into the under ground tank of the filing station,” he said.
In a press statement by, Ajibade Adekunle, he said traffic has been affected due to the burnt tank that obstructed the road .
He said, “The Fire incident reported earlier this morning involving a loaded PMS tanker truck occurred at Ajegunle in Lagos state while the fire has been stamp out by the Lagos state and Ogun state fire service.
Traffic affected outbound Lagos as a result of the burnt tank and affected vehicles obstructing the road.”
Meanwhile,TRACE operatives working in collaboration with Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) to see that normalcy restored on that axis, as efforts on going to remove all the carcass away from the road.
“However, motoring public are advised to obey the traffic officers on ground as traffic diverted to the other lane inbound Lagos to ease the flow of traffic between Ajegunle and Sango Tollgate along Lagos Abeokuta expressway,” he said.