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Fuel-laden tanker explodes in Abeokuta, raze many shops

A tanker, loaded with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS or petrol) has exploded around Oju Irin in the Lafenwa area of Abeokuta, Ogun state.

Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Spokesperson, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident to newsmen, adding that shops in the area were affected by the fire.

He said the tanker was engulfed in fire due to the uncooperative attitude of people around the axis who were scooping fuel.

According to him, the tanker, due to an axle problem overturned around 4:45 am while making its way inbound Rounder from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa, spilling its content on the road.

“Moreover, the motoring public going inward Rounder axis from Lafenwa, should use Olomore and Oke-Ata axis respectively as alternative routes, since traffic has been diverted away from the area of the incident,” he said.

Akinbiyi stated that further information would be provided to the media as soon as possible.

Mr Ahmed Umar, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, also confirmed the incident, saying that officers of the command are around to control traffic.



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