Petrol tanker has exploded in Abeokuta.
Glamtush reports that a tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, on Sunday exploded in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
Our correspondent learnt that the tanker overturned due to axle problem around 04.45 am while making its way inbound Rounder from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa area of Abeokuta.
This online platform understands that the spokesman of the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, had confirmed earlier that TRACE, police, FRSC and the firefighters were working assiduously to restore normalcy, as transloading was in progress.
He warned the general public, particularly the motoring public, domiciled or moving around the axis to remain calm and cooperative by avoiding scooping of fuel, use of handset and cooking gas so as not to spark off fire.
However, our correspondent reports that the fallen tanker finally exploded in the course of the rescue operation.
“The earlier reported tanker laden with fuel which overturned while making its way inbound Rounder from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa, is now engulfed in fire, due to the uncooperative attitude of people around the axis through scooping of fuel and other unwholesome acts which sparked off the fire,” Akinbiyi updated.
The general public is advised to vacate the vicinity, while TRACE, POLICE, FRSC, FIRE SERVICE and other 1st responders resolve the latest emergency.
It could not be immediately confirmed if there are casualties as of the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, motorists going inward Rounder axis from Lafenwa, have been urged to use Olomore and Oke-Ata axis, respectively as alternative routes.