Lafenwa Abeokuta: Petrol tanker explodes as residents scoop fuel

Barely 12 days after a tanker exploded at the Ogere end of the Lagos-Ibadan which recorded four casualties and loss of property, a similar incident happened on Sunday morning at Lafenwa market in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

It was gathered that a fully Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) tanker upturned at about 4.45 am when it was making its way inbound Rounder area from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa.

In a statement made available to Ngnews247 by the Public Relations Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, said the tanker exploded when officials of TRACE, Fire Service and other security agencies were finding a way to trainload the content of the tanker into another.

He explained that the fire outbreak was a result of residents scooping petroleum content from the fallen tanker, despite warnings from security operatives at the scene.

“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 act which sparked off the fire.

“The general public is advised to vacate the vicinity, while TRACE, police, FRSC, Fire Service and other first responders resolve the latest emergency,” Akinbiyi said.

It could not be immediately confirmed if there are casualties as of the time of filing this report.

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