Pandemonium as fuel tanker explodes in Lagos

Barely three months after a trailer conveying a container dropped from the popular Ojuelegba bridge, crushing a vehicle and damaging others, a tanker which according to reports, belongs to Forte Oil, at about 5:30am today, exploded around the same Ojuelegba bridge.

The incident has however caused pandemonium in the area and especially along the ever-busy Ikorodu road; linking the Lagos mainland and the Lagos Island.

As at the time of filing this report, there was already a heavy traffic on the Ikorodu road axis and other roads around the area, while commuters find alternative passage.

Recently, the fuel shortage in the Lagos metropolis has created chaos, making petrol tankers regular features on the roads and bridges. The development has constantly created heavy traffic, causing untold hardship and loss of man hour.

A Lagos residence who works on the Lagos Island, Gbenga Ayodele, said, “For some weeks now, the tankers have been parking on the Eko bridge, forming a long chain from Apapa end of the metropolis. We have been spending over two hours between Ojota and Marina, a distance that should not last more than 45 minutes on a good day, the governor should find something to do about this development.”

Worried about the chaos recently being caused by tanker drivers in Lagos, an Abuja-based legal practitioner, Biodun Kolawole, this morning after getting the early report, advised Lagos residents to circulate the information to avoid people setting out of their homes only to be trapped in the traffic. “It is really bad, so bad about the state of things,” she laments.

Another commuter, Monday Adesanya, said, “The menace created by these tanker drivers is becoming unbearable to commuters in Lagos. They would stubbornly park on the roads and even bridges, yet no fuel in the filling stations. Tell me, what fuel are they conveying and where are they conveying the fuel to?”

A commentator on twitter, Adeniyi Ogunfowoke, who tweeted via @sleeksavvy this morning about the latest tanker fire tweeted that, “It has happened again. The last one was a trailer. Drastic action must be taken against these tankers and trailer drivers.”

Meanwhile, officials of the fire service have been working to contain the Ojuelegba situation, commuters are however advised to use alternative routes and listen to the Traffic Radio for regular updates.


Story by: Dayo Emmanuel



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