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Tanker Explosion Destroys 70 Shops, 34 Houses In Lagos

Posted: Jun 7, 2015 at 5:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom, Lagos

Tragedy struck on Friday night at Idimu area of Lagos where no fewer than 70 shops and 34 houses were razed after an accident involving a tanker loaded with premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol.

The Idimu tanker fire outbreak comes six days after another tanker inferno at Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, where houses, vehicles and shops were also burnt.

The distance between the scene of the first incident in Iyana-Ipaja and the latest one in Idimu is barely four kilometres.

A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-west, Ibrahim Farinloye, said that the tanker, marked: KJA 54 XA, belonged to Mustuk Investment Nigeria Limited.

According to him, the incident occurred at about 12am when the tanker crashed at Idimu bus stop and the petrol spilled into the gutters and eventually caught fire.

When our correspondent visited the scene of the creash, Ejigbo-Idimu road was the hardest hit as most of the lock-up shops were burnt beyond recognition.

However, Idimu Central Mosque, located a short distance from the site of the explosion, was spared even as residents and shop owners who were affected openly lamented their loss, which they said run into millions of naira.

Though the NEMA spokesman, said  “no casualties were recorded in terms of lives lost or those injured,” police officers from Idimu Police Station, coordinated by Ben Osuji, the Divisional Police Officer of the station, as well as officers from Area ‘M’ Police Command, cordoned off the spot of the explosion to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

Officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, National Emergency Response team, fire fighters, Fedreal Road Safety Corps, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and members of the Red Cross Society were on hand to salvage the situation.