SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 13 – In the early hours of Friday, a petrol tanker fell across the Ozumba Mbadiwe road, Victoria Island, causing traffic gridlock along the Lekki-Epe expressway.
However, instead of staying away from the accident scene and putting pressure on the relevant authorities to cleared the tanker, several people were seen scooping petrol from the tanker; a dangerous activity that could lead to loss of lives if the vehicle explodes.
The heavy death toll from previous petrol fires have been attributed to the same act of Nigerians putting their lives in danger to scoop fuel from either a fallen tanker or ruptured pipeline.
According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred at 6.15am. and the tanker had been towed off as of about 8.30am and debris cleaned.
One eyewitness described the situation thus:
“But see as area boys are more interested in fetching the petrol from the gutters completely ignorant of the danger that can happen in a split second.
This is not poverty but ignorance. Because when you tell same people to work, they will refuse. They want quick money because that is what they grew up seeing!
This is the product of leaders since the military era who enriched themselves to the detriment of education to enable the growth and development of this country! We have stark illiterates all over the place! Some even in high positions – all they think about is making money!”
An eyewitness who drove past the scene around 10:40 am told Today’s Echo that the tanker has been removed and the road is free. . The eyewitness however, remarked seeing many cars still diverting to the alternative route which has become congested.