President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and sorrow over Thursday’s petrol tanker fire incident that killed nine people in Lagos.
The petrol tanker fire happened around Otedola Bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at 5.30 pm on Thursday after it caught fire and spread to the vehicles behind.
The Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), said in its update that the victims were burnt beyond recognition. There were four other serious injuries.
According to the FRSC, 54 vehicles were burnt. There were 45 cars caught in the inferno, along with five buses, two trucks, INEC’s tricycle and the tanker itself.
“I’m very sad to learn of the tragic loss of lives, tens of vehicles, property and other valuables in the petrol tanker fire,” President Buhari said in reaction to the early reports reaching him concerning the incident.
According to Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja, Buhari expressed his deepest condolences to the government and people of Lagos over the tragic incident.
“Sadly, this seems to be one of the greatest tragedies we have seen in recent times.”
The President urged the emergency services and law enforcement officials to do their best to limit the losses and damage from the incident.
According to him, the priority now is to ensure the survival of those people who could still be in danger.
The FRSC also said in its update that the victims were burnt beyond recognition. There were four other serious injuries.
According to Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the FRSC, the cause of accident was brake failure suffered by the petrol laden tanker.
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