Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
A fully loaded petrol tanker on Sunday morning exploded in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
New Telegraph learnt that the incident happened at the popular Lafenwa market in the state capital.
It was further gathered that, the tanker, due to an axle problem, overturned around 04:45am while making its way inbound Rounder from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa area of Abeokuta, spilling its contents.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi confirmed the incident to journalists in a terse statement.
Our correspondent learnt that, the tanker exploded when officials of TRACE, Fire Service and other security agencies were finding a way to trans load the contents of the tanker into another vehicle.
According to him, the fire outbreak was caused by adamant residents of area who reportedly ignored the warnings of TRACE and went ahead scooping petrol from the upturned tanker.
TRACE had earlier warned residents of the area to stay away from the scene of the incident and suspend any form of cooking and burning of objects which could ignite the fire.
“The earlier reported tanker laden with fuel which overturned while making its way inbound Rounder from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa, is now engulfed in fire due to the uncooperative attitude of people around the axis through scooping of fuel and other unwholesome act which sparked off the fire.
“The general public are advised to vacate the vicinity, while TRACE, police, FRSC, Fire Service and other first responders resolve the latest emergency,” Akinbiyi said.
It could not be immediately confirmed if there are casualties as of the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, motorists going inward Rounder axis from Lafenwa have been urged to use Olomore and Oke-Ata axis respectively as alternative routes.