Fuel Tankers Catch Fire in Different Locations, Two Days After Onitsha Fire

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SWITZERLAND, OCTOBER 18 – Two days after a massive fire caused by a fallen fuel tanker led to destruction of lives and property in Onitsha, tankers have again, posed more threats to human lives and property on Nigerian roads.

On Friday, Fuel tankers fell on the road and caught fire at three different locations in Lagos and Onitsha.

On Friday morning a fuel tanker fell on the Lagos -Ibadan expressway and caught fire, putting motorists and other road users in danger and leading to a traffic snarl. Later on Friday afternoon, the Federal Road Safety Corps said that the fire on has been brought under control and normalcy returned to the scene. No casualty.

FRSC said this in a statement signed by Florence Okpe, FRSC Public Education Officer (Ogun Command) on Friday.

Also in Lagos, along Ozumba Mbadiwe road, Victoria Island, a fuel tanker broke down along the road, frighteningly leaking its content on the tarmac. Although there was no fire, the incidence led to a lot of apprehension and disrupted traffic flow.

Meanwhile, Onitsha is not yet out of harm’s way as another fire occurred from a fuel tanker on Enugu-Onitsha road, according to eyewitnesses. Again, no casualty can be confirmed yet.

As fuel tankers ignite fires across the country, issues with transport security have again, been brought to the fore. President Muhammadu Buhari has already placed the relevant agencies on alert after the Onitsha incidence.

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