A tanker explosion on Otedola Bridge around Ojodu Berger, Lagos has led to the loss of 9 lives and over 50 vehicles.

The Federal Road Safety Corps spokesperson, Mr Bisi Kazeem, confirmed the number of casualties in the fire that started around 5pm when a tanker carrying PMS collapsed and spilled its content resulting in uncontrollable fire.

According to an unnamed eyewitness, the fire ran fast engulfing cars in the traffic behind the tanker as people tried to run for their lives. Contrary to the official casualty report, unconfirmed reports say over hundred lives were claimed in the inferno.

Nigerians on social media express pain and worry

Lagos state government describes fire incident as “unfortunate and regrettable”

The Lagos state government has reacted to the incident in a statement commiserating with the families of the victims.

Signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, the statement reads in part, “On behalf of the Lagos State Government, we extend our deepest commiseration to the families of persons who lost their lives as well as properties to the incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of pain and grief.

As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property of all residents”

According to the commissioner, the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has directed relevant agencies to the area to ensure normalcy is restored.


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