A petrol-laden tanker has exploded at the boundary between Olambe and Matogun, in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The truck driver was said to be conveying the petrol to a filling station in the area when he lost control of the vehicle due to the bad road.
It was learnt that the truck crashed and the tank fell to the ground, got ruptured and the petrol spilled on the road and into the drainage channel in the area.
Our correspondent gathered that a spark occurred as the petrol was spilling and the fire razed shops and buildings in the area.
An eyewitness, who gave his name only as Oladele, said the fire had caused panic in the community, adding that no fewer than 10 houses had been razed by the fire.
He said, “A lot of people have abandoned their homes; some people are still looking for their children. This is a serious fire and it was caused by a tanker that fell while plying the Olambe to connect Matogun. Shops and about 10 building have been burnt.”
The Lagos Territorial Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Farinloye, confirmed the incident in a statement on Saturday.
He stated that no casualty had been recorded, adding that the content of the tank spilled around 7am.
Farinloye said, “A tanker laden with about 45,000 litres of PMS crashed, spilled its content and exploded around 7am at Olambe, Matogun Road, Ifo LGA, Ogun State.
“Though, no live was lost or anyone sustained injury but about 10 buildings were consumed in the incident.
“The situation was mitigated with most of the content spilling into the canal close to the scene, thereby saving the community from serious incident that could have affected people. The fire has been put out.”
“It Is The Turn Of Ndi Enugu” – Frank To Residents As APGA Storms More Markets In Enugu
Frank Nweke Jr, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Enugu State, on Thursday charged traders in Ogbete and Afia 9 markets, Enugu, to take ownership of the next government in Enugu State by voting in APGA in the forthcoming election.
Nweke who told traders and buyers that APGA’s mission was to liberate the State from the shackles of bad governance unleashed by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reiterated the history of the APGA as one founded on the Igbo principle of shared prosperity with the great Odumegwu Ojukwu as a founding father.
In agreement with the concerns raised by the people, Nweke noted the absence of potable water, rising insecurity, non-payment of salaries and pensions, unavailability of jobs and the deepening economic crisis under the PDP-led administration.
He assured the people of his administration’s commitment to tackling the issues that directly affect them and urged them to become a part of the process by ensuring that they refuse to sell their votes to the highest bidders.
“When you sell your votes, you have given looters your own position in the government and you will lose your voice for the next four years. It is your turn to be in government. APGA will make the government house the People’s Building” Nweke said.
Several residents, traders and buyers alike present in the market spoke with hope and a firm resolve to see a new future in Enugu under APGA.
An octogenarian who said he worked together with former President Obasanjo at 58 Ibadan Street Ebute-Metta West, as the head of Electrical Engineering in his Department, said that God will remove all the obstacles from Nweke’s way if he is the Lord’s anointed.
“I was shuttling between Lagos and Abuja when Frank Nweke Jr served as Minister and for me personally, his antecedents made me want him to serve as Governor. We elders are praying that God should crown someone with conscience. I pray that God removes all obstacles from Frank Nweke Jr in Jesus’ name,” he prayed.
Ogechi Godfrey, Chinonso Uzoma and Okey Morocco expressed unflinching support for Nweke whom they said is their choice as Governor due to his simplicity, honesty and good track record.
Madam Joy, a clothes retailer, said that the market women group she belongs to had been pressured to join the PDP, but that they have remained resilient. She therefore affirmed her total support for Nweke stressing that the APGA flag bearer is their own.
Charity Njoku, a trader said she knows APGA flag bearer as a man with a kind heart and that he is the sort of person that will bring the change that many have thought impossible.
Ms. Ofoka, a fruit seller and Ginika Mbah a meat seller expressed support for Frank Nweke Jr adding that with him as Governor, a big change in Enugu State would be evident.
“Frank Nweke Jr should remember us when he gets to office as Governor. He should provide water and power for us. He is one of us, so we are solidly behind him,” said Ms. Onyekperem.
APGA’s Frank Nweke Jr At Ugwu Peak
“The power we seek is to secure the future for our children here”
Kunie! Ka anyi dozie Enugu.
Reclaiming Our Identity: Politics And Development In Igboland
The big day is tomorrow!
The Igbo identity is gradually morphing into an entity without the will or propulsion to claim what is rightfully ours.
Join Frank Nweke Jr tomorrow from 11am as he shares his perspectives on Reclaiming Our Identity: Politics and Development in Igboland.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023.
Venue: Princess Alexandra Auditorium, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Get ready for deep introspection and a rousing call to restore a lost glory.