Ogun: Fuel tanker explodes in border Akute town

Ogun: Fuel tanker explodes in border Akute town

A petrol-laden tanker has exploded, resulting in an inferno at Ajayi Farm Bus-Stop along the Alagbole-Akute Road in Ogun State.

Eyewitnesses reported that the incident occurred very early on Saturday morning, March 6, at the retail station of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the border Ogun State community.

1st News garnered that the tanker which had come to the NNPC facility to supply petrol; exploded while discharging its contents

In a bid to prevent the inferno from causing more damage; the driver was said to have jumped into the truck and moved it to the road away from the filling station; where the tanker exploded moments later.

Witnesses said the fire started at about 6:50 am while the firefighters were immediately contacted; and they arrived at the scene at about 7:23 am.

Although the cause of the fire has yet to be ascertained; no injury or death was recorded as a result of the incident.

The incident occurred in Akute which borders Lagos; while the firefighters seen at the scene were officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

Meanwhile, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, has assured that the newly promoted Service Chiefs would ensure that Nigerians no longer live in fear.

Irabor gave the assurance when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after the service chiefs were decorated with their new ranks, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday, March 5.

He also pledged that the service chiefs in collaboration with other security agencies would soon restore normalcy to all troubled areas across the country.

He said: “Nigerians expect us to bring about peace and security in concert with other security agencies, that we will do.

“We can’t live in fear. And we will ensure that whatever brings fear to Nigerians before now will be a thing of the past.

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“Peace and security is not just the security of the borders alone. It comes with having to build bridges across various divides.

“We, as members of the Armed Forces, will never in any way demand peace and security of our nation; in the hands of the terrorists. Rather it is we that will determine the peace; and not for us to leave it in the hands of the terrorists.’’

According to the CDS, what the new service chiefs will not do is to give instructions to their subordinates and not do the same.

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