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Petrol Tanker Explosion Rocks Ogun

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Petrol Tanker Explosion Rocks Ogun

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

It was learned that the incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday at the retail station of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the area.

An eyewitness said that the tanker was discharging its content before the incident occurred.

According to him, the truck had off-loaded its first compartment and while discharging the content in its second compartment, there was a spark at the underground storage tank.

In the process, the storage tank was gutted by fire and melted the hose being used to off-load the content of the truck.

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

The incident occurred in a border community with Lagos while the firefighters seen at the scene were officials of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).

Officials of the Federal Fire Service were also said to have arrived at the scene of the incident shortly after the fire had been put out.

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.