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LASEMA averts tanker explosion in Badagry


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The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday averted an explosion after a fuel-laden tanker fell around Gbenopo junction, Ajara road along Badagry expressway.

In a statement released by the LASEMA Head of Public Affairs, Nosa Okunbor, on Thursday, July 1, 2021, the agency disclosed that an articulated tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of Petroleum Motor Spirit fell on its side while attempting to manoeuvre its way into a filling station and spilt its contents on the road.

Okunbor, according to the statement made available to WuzupNigeria, revealed that LASEMA and its collaborators were on “high alert” at the incident to avert fire and the resultant devastation that would have followed if the content had exploded.

“On getting to the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a Mack truck conveying an oil tanker loaded with 33,000 litres of PMS fell into drainage.

“Further investigation conducted revealed that the Mack truck while trying to enter into “NAMOS” filling station went too close to the drainage and unfortunately, edge of the drainage caved in and the truck tilted to the left and eventually fell onto its side.

“No loss of lives, nor injuries were recorded.

“The Agency’s LRT, Lagos State Fire and Safety Services, the Nigerian Police Force, members of the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps and members of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, were readily available on the ground.”

Okunbor added that the trans-loading operation was safely completed and there was no spillage from the fallen tanker.