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Panic in Ikeja as Diesel Tanker falls on Electric Pole

Residents of Oregun, Ikeja area of Lagos State were thrown into panic on Sunday when a tanker conveying 45, 000 litres of diesel fell on an electric pole.

Scene of the accident.

However, the incident which occurred along Etal Avenue, off Oregun Road did not result in the loss of lives.

According to the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, “On getting to the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a tanker with registration number unknown, conveying 45,000 litres of diesel fell on its side, discharging its content into the drainage.

“The immediate cause of the incident could not be ascertained. It was also gathered that the said tanker fell on the high tension electric pole and caught fire. This was put out by the agency’s LRT and the Lagos State Fire Service. No mortality or injury recorded at the scene of the incident. However, trans-loading operations are ongoing.”

When Amodu Shakiri, Public Education Officer of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services, was contacted, he said, “We did not allow it to erupt into a fire; it was just the tanker spilling its contents. Oregun is close to the Alausa Fire Station, so we quickly rushed there to manage the situation. The remains of the tanker’s contents were transferred into another truck.”

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