On Thursday, in the Iju-Ishaga region of Lagos, a gas tanker exploded, leaving
at least 16 people seriously injured and scores of buildings and cars destroyed.
Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, director general of the Lagos
State Emergency Management Agency, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
With the assistance of the Lagos State Fire Service, the Nigerian Police Force, and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense
Corps, the LASEMA chief said attempts were being made by his men to put out the resulting fire from the explosion.
The emergency agency asked Lagosians
on Twitter to stay calm.
An unknown truck carrying gasoline had a
lone accident and exploded, according to LASEMA analysis.
“The impact of the explosion led to fire on adjoining buildings and several vehicles burnt,” the agency said. “Several persons were injured and have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.”
Speaking to Channels Television on Thursday at the explosion site, Engr Olatunde Akinsanya, LASEMA’s Director of Operations,
said 16 people were reported to be seriously injured and taken to the Iju Water Works clinic.
Akinsanya added that at around 3:30
pm, the gas tanker explosion took place.
The tanker was supposed to discharge its contents at a gas station, but the owner of the
station allegedly refused to allow it because a seal was broken, suggesting that the contents had been manipulated.
Enraged by the station manager’s reluctance to load the material
into his tanker, the driver pulled out of the premises.
The front tyre of the tanker burst and the gear box hit the ground a few meters away from the
gas station, creating a spark that resulted in an explosion as it came into contact with gas leaking from the tanker.
The car ended up in a
ditch, where there was a second blast.
Eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the second explosion sent the
tanker into its course, including a church, soaring and damaging buildings.
The effect of the explosion extended from the scene of
the incident by approximately 300 radii, the LASEMA official said.
At the time this story was published, it was not yet clear if
the tanker’s driver was still alive because he appeared to have suffered third-degree burns.
Source: Channels News