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Lagos State Government releases Statement on Tanker Explosion



Lagos State Government releases Statement on Tanker Explosion | BellaNaija

The Lagos State Government has released a statement commiserating with the families of those who lost their lives in the tanker explosion on Otedola Bridge.

30 vehicles had been reported burnt after a tanker exploded on the bridge.

Rescue agencies have been able to put out the fire.

The Lagos State Government, in the statement, said its thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.

On behalf of the Lagos State Government, we extend our deepest commiseration to the families of persons who lost their lives as well as properties to the incident. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of pain and grief.

As a government, we would not relent in putting measures in place to ensure safety of lives and property of all residents.


  1. Remie

    June 28, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Pls, any survivors?

  2. Larz

    June 28, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I know this wont get ppls live back but i hope they sue and countersue enough to bankrupt whichever company (and owner of company) caused this. Then maybe, just maybe ppl will take due diligence and adequate governance and controls seriously. Until it becomes more expensive to fail, ppl will keep choosing not to prevent failure.

    • TheRealist

      June 28, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      Lawsuit in Nigeria? You will be lucky if you are still alive by the time it goes through the entire hearing and appellate process (some 12-15 years later).

      Anyway, anyone who suffers the misfortune of using road transportation in Lagos will tell you that commercial drivers (particularly the commercial bus drivers) are mostly ill trained, ill mannered, impatient and quite often drunk or high on the job. That’s why I am all for the new LASG Bus Transport Initiative that would require the re-training of commercial bus drivers and conductors, while some folks are romanticizing the impending demise of the dangerous Danfo from the comfort of their air-conditioned SUVs.

  3. OA

    June 28, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    God help us in that Nigeria oh. Suing will not even work in such a disorganized environment. How do you even pinpoint the real owner of the tanker and even if you do, they will pile lie upon lie to cover up. And you know the owner is most likely not insured. I already saw some body bags in one picture…may the souls of the departed rest in peace. This just makes a person feel so hopeless.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      June 28, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      The civil liability will be borne by the person in deemed and apparent control of the tanker.

      So if the victims sue, they’ll not be able to sustain a primary claim against the owner if he wasn’t effectively operating the tanker when it flipped over.

      You’re then left with the hirer/lessee of the vehicle…. but hirer may have contracted out the actual job of driving the tanker to another company, who may then be joined as co-defendants…. but hirer and victims may also still have a residual claim against the owner because the vehicle might not have been road worthy.

      Owner then gets joined in the action too….. but these two latter parties are secondary defendants. The victims’ primary action is against the one party in control of the tanker and it’s up to them or the 1st defendant to decide who else should be joined so the blame/liability can be shared.

    • OA

      June 29, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      @Mz Socially Awkward – Res Ipsa Loquitur only works in a civilized society – in ordinary fender bender in Naija that is as obvious as day and night, you will see the offender arguing that it’s you who pulled out in front of him and it’s your fault for him jamming you.

      Se it’s in Naija you will sue tanker driver? Can you squeeze blood from a turnip? Second, is the driver sef still alive that you want to be suing him? I am not sure he could have escaped such explosion. Even then, does he have estate that you can sue? Please let’s talk reality! At the end of the day, owner is likely the only suable party. If he hired the tanker, then he and the entity hired from can be jointly liable as co-defendants. It’s a vicarious type of liability and involves such things as negligent hiring, negligent supervision, negligent training, negligent retention.

      That is not the one that is even doing me, it’s the government gangan that should be sued for not providing pliable and safe roads! How can that express road still be in such a horrible condition? For the last 45+ years now?!

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      June 28, 2018 at 11:57 pm

      I wish our legal system had the reliability to competently support class action suits. They would have revealed some very interesting details of exactly how much casual negligence is condoned and the hefty damages would have spurred so much process improvements in very many organisations……

  4. Iyke

    June 28, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    The measures that you fools would hv put in place a long time ago would have been a law that prohibits tankers/lorry drivers from plying the roads in day time so as to decongest the roads and prevent stuffs like this from happening.
    Create a designated routes or perhaps build tunnels that only lorries/tankers should ply.
    These are what forward thinking economies have done and are constantly implementing policies to completely keep their roads safe.
    Here in Norway, only 3 people have died in a road accident since this year. Two were drunk driving cases in March and the 3rd was an elderly woman who hit another car and died on the spot two weeks ago.
    Here in Nigeria the reverse is the case …if we aren’t dealing with the menace of herdsmen, bokoharam,kidnappers, armed robbery or in this case, avoidable accidents.
    And what do we do…start calling on God to intervene in a country where human lives are worthless.
    Stupid, dumb and unintelligent leaders! I AM SO PISSED OFF.
    Black people always giving me the reason to believe that we aren’t intelligent.Common sense policies they can’t come up with talkmore of.even implementing any.
    Tomorrow life goes on and we all act as if nothing happened.

    • 9ja

      June 28, 2018 at 11:31 pm

      @Iyke, have WE the citizens obeyed any of the “measures” put in place? Are WE still not driving against traffic? Are WE still not driving the wrong way on One-Way streets? Are WE obeying speed limits where they exist? Are WE obeying basic traffic lights and signals? Are WE obeying any traffic rules or regulations whatsoever or are WE being “sharp sharp’? Are WE stopping when LATSMA officials ask us to? Have WE stopped forming 5 lanes of traffic on 2-lane roads? Have WE stopped driving basically drunk every weekend?

    • Iyke

      June 29, 2018 at 12:32 am

      It is a hopeless situation @ 9ja.I feel you mate!
      Everything in that country drives me mad.

    • Chibaby

      July 1, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Thanks, we humans tend to blame without thinking of the part we may have played.

    • Of Mice and Men

      June 29, 2018 at 2:31 am

      It is really pathetic my brother. The other day, I was making a case for humans to be guided by basic tenets and principles of humanism – chief of which is the fundamental creed: Do No Harm – and an online radical, masquerading as a warrior of God, with a penchant for veiled and subtle bigoted statements said she will uphold me in her prayers.

      Issorait! Let us keep praying without eradicating the root cause of these societal ills.

      When we learn to constantly choose values that won’t harm others, we are one step closer to making the world a better place and reducing incidences of harmful outcomes, including deaths from RTAs.

  5. Black People Leader

    June 28, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    Is it your die? Is it your tanker? Leave us alone o! We are not complaining…

    • Wesley

      June 29, 2018 at 7:02 am

      This your attempt at satirical humour is in poor state, and is ill timed

    • Slick

      June 29, 2018 at 7:16 am

      Part of the problem…unserious human beings., ‘black people leader indeed’..Treat everything (even life) with levity. Moron

  6. Californiabawlar

    June 28, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    What are we supposed to say in response to these? My heart is literally heavy! Just like Hausa/Fulani massacres, crap like this has been happening since we were young! Nothing is ever done to make things better! Argh!
    Our lifes are so undignified that the rest of the world knows! Someone on my timeline is complaining that FB hasn’t asked people to tag themselves as safe. Why would they? When it’s always some bs every other day.

    • Olori Tobi

      June 28, 2018 at 11:19 pm

      Tag safe ke? When the government does not care about you , is it facebook that will?
      FB knows the areas of the world where lives are worth something. FB also knows those areas where cows are worth more than humans.

  7. Olori Tobi

    June 28, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    It is so shameful to be Nigerian. And when they say 30 cars just know it’s like 70. No investigative journalism to even tell the real story. We need policies against these trucks. @Iyke you already said it all. This time next year, we’ll be saying it over again.

  8. concerned9ja

    June 29, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Be silly of me to ask of the Fire and Ambulance service…
    A country where lives are meaningless just one atrocity after another…the frequency of disasters and tragedies coming so thick and fast.
    Lawless leaders = Citizens who have no regard for the law.
    Trust the leaders to come up with the same rhetoric.
    Listening to Fela the other day and everything he pinpointed is still very much the same,,,I would say regressed.

  9. word

    June 29, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Several eye witness accounts of those close to the tanker but were able to escape say the tanker was trying to reverse, then fell. The news reports that a car lost control and hit the tanker which was parked by the road (*yimu*). Whichever one it is, why has the government refused to handle this tanker issue despite all the pains it has caused.

  10. Juniwa

    June 29, 2018 at 2:36 am

    We are here complaining about government and whoever then when their daughters and sons are marrying it is this same bellanaija and the mua’s that will post the wedding on instagram and all the designer baffs and jewelry. Don’t pick and choose, if you denounce something, denounce it! Nigerians worship wealth! See how innocent people are dying like fowls yet we are the same underlings that will hail these thieves and their offspring! GTFOH

    • TheRealist

      June 29, 2018 at 10:24 pm

      @Juniwa, when the fire was rampaging yesterday did it only consume poor folks and carefully avoided the rich? Where all those cars that were destroyed somehow only that of the “innocent” while somehow sparing those of the presumably guilty? Haven’t Ministers, ex-Ministers and rich persons died in car accidents or fire outbreaks in Nigeria? Abegi, let’s not conflate issues and instead try to focus on the real issues at hand of making the roads safe (and Nigeria livable) for EVERYONE!

      The same weddings in BellaNaija that you deride provides work and livelihoods for hundreds of “innocent” Nigerians – photographers, tailors, drivers, cooks, printers, graphic artists, interior designers, transporters, suppliers, caterers, security, retailers, disc jockeys, musicians, carpenters, painters, garment sellers, etc. Let’s condemn people for what they do (or fail to do) and not for what they own or who they are related to. In fact, we should be able to alternatively commend or condemn the same persons for each specific action (or inaction) and not just for who they are.

  11. nnenne

    June 29, 2018 at 3:23 am

    What we need now is a root cause analysis so as to figure out how to stop this from happening ever again!

  12. nnenne

    June 29, 2018 at 3:24 am

    RIP to the dead.

  13. nene+

    June 29, 2018 at 5:13 am

    Ambode should immediately check these avoidable deaths. Last week a truck fell off Ojuelegba bridge killed several ,now scores dies by fire tanker.
    Why was a petrol laden truck be on the same road with daytime commuters.

    Charred bodies of innocent people returning from work??.

    Ambode and road safely must act decisively and investigations must be carried out cos boko haram can take many dimension.

  14. xqsyou

    June 29, 2018 at 6:51 am

    This reminds me of a similar incident in the UK in 2011. An inferno that started with a car crash on the motor/highway. Even with the best emergency response and services, 34 cars got burnt in and lives were lost.

    Sometimes with fire, there is little one can do to stop such a disaster! An explosion can happen anywhere for various reasons. It is really sad this has happened though.
    RIP to the dead and God’s comfort to their loved ones.

  15. Miss Smart

    June 29, 2018 at 8:25 am

    It’s exhausting!! How does one deal with the emotional roller coaster that daily bad news brings?! You wonder why people switch off emotionally, when it’s just another day in the jungle called Nigeria. Calling Nigeria a jungle is actually insultive to animals. I apologise… animals have their system sorted out.

    Negligence is rife and bad news is like traffic, it sure will happen again tomorrow. It’s just a matter of where. What can we do, I keep thinking? Our hands are tied as citizens. The government are so incompetent! How can we change this narrative?

    My heart really goes out to those who paid the highest price with their lives, people just going about their businesses. What a terrible way to go, all because someone somehow did not care that much. God save us all!

    • Ephi

      June 29, 2018 at 9:08 am

      I echo what you’ve said: “all because someone somehow did not care that much”.
      Nigerians do not value life, it’s horrible.

  16. Abi

    June 29, 2018 at 10:55 am

    The most painful part is we will never know the exact figure or have a comprehensive list of people that died in that accident, Nobody matters to the Nigerian government. Someone asked me why I would never go back to live in Nigeria and I said to him “my life matters in the country”

    Going to Uni in Ilishan Remo was a blood pressure spiking task, travelling on that lagos/ibadan express way. I have graduated now over 10 years and the same fears I had back then is still a reality in today’s Nigeria. Lawlessness, Carelessness, Corruption etc is the norm in that country, yet, Nigeria has the highest number of Churches.

    God will heal the land, but the people also need to repent.

  17. Papermoon

    June 29, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Our prayers with naija this morning ??.

  18. FinchleysFinest

    June 29, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    The commisionner in charge of road and transportation or whatever it is will not resign, The minister in charge will not resign…

    Lagos drivers will still drive like they are mad… No one will still obey the traffick laws..

    Drivers are still not well trained to drive …. Lorries or Tanker carrying petrol will still be allowed to drive anytime…

    We need a new Nigeria… Majority of the people that needs to know about the next election are sadly not on social media.. These ones are the illiterates…. they will bribe with 20 cups of rice , beans and 3k ontop…

    The time has come for Nigerians to wake up and vote based on the terms that matters, and not by tribe, religion, ethinicity or what we will gain personally and while we are at Building NIGERIA! We also need to change our attitude too….

  19. Sola

    June 29, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    Condolence message alone will not stop this kind of thing from happening in the future. We need rules and laws to be put in place for the tanker and truck drivers. This should have been done before now.

  20. Baybie

    June 29, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    I’m speechless, I don’t even know what to say. May the lost souls rest in eternal peace and may God protect the rest of us who are still here

  21. Engoz

    June 29, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    I said Nigeria is finished and God is not in Nigeria years ago, ‘patriotic’ and ‘godly’ Nigerians on BN, huffed and puffed. Seems it is finally getting close to home with all these anger everywhere. The first step to recovery, is admitting you have a problem. Nigeria is not a good country. It is bad, very very bad. Every sector in Nigeria is of inferior, damaging, mentally decapitating quality. It shouldn’t have gotten this worse, but majority chose to bury their heads in the sand because it was not close to their doorstep. But now, the chances of leaving your well-gated houses and not returning is high. People don’t have to die before we are honest with ourselves. It’s left for us to at least do our due diligence as citizens in a democratic country. Try as much to educate the members of your family, get involved in local politics. I would rather die challenging the government, than be a victim of circumstances that could have been avoided. It will pain me if I leave this earth because of lack of basic structures. And it should pain you too.

  22. Miss Smart

    June 29, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    @ Engoz, very well said. I agree with every word written.

    I am of the opinion that acceptance is the first step. We still band the “e go better” slogan about. No, e no go better! That’s the truth, unless we accept there’s a fundamental problem in our country and start taking conscious steps to make positive changes, so our children can benefit from a sane society because I seriously doubt that things would get back to normal in our generation. Like they say, “the cankerworm has eaten deep”. Only then will the future become brighter, rather than the choking and suffocating dark clouds looming above all our heads, darkness we’ve had to put up with for so long.

    Let’s leave religion aside because in all truth, it has been used as a divisive tool and it works perfectly in dividing people.

    The state of the country doesn’t reflect the true spirit of the average Nigerian, one of determination and the willingness to change so as to grow. The first step is acceptance, the next is to vote someone with some semblance of decency. The road will be hard and long but I believe if we start today, positive change will come. Educate yourselves, your siblings and friends. Heck! Educate your parents too. Our mindset does hinder us in more ways than we actually realise.

    We’ll get there. We’ll stand together and fight for our land. Too much has been taken away from us for far too long. The truth is we have no where else to go.

  23. FinchleysFinest

    June 29, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Please can everyone call for the resignation of Lagos State Commissioner for Transport : Dayo Mobereola.
    Let starts with accountability.

    If we dont speak up now…. this things will happen again….

    • Engoz

      June 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      Absolutely. Someone has to resign. This should be the citizen’s strategy for now. Saw on Twitter, Plateau citizens have just stormed the government house, demanding the resignation of their Governor.

    • tunmi

      June 29, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      I really don’t want us to do that because this may not be because there are a lack of measures in place but DESPITE the measures in place.

      As @9ja said, have WE the citizens obeyed any of the “measures” put in place?

      and for crying out loud, stop discouraging people from suing with comments like “who knows when you’ll get justice”. Start first!

    • Ovadje

      June 29, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      @FinchelysFinest: Is the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway a Lagos State road (or federal road)? And is Lagos State responsible for issuing Drivers’ Licenses (or is it the federal government’s FRSC)? The irony here is that Lagos State has actually demanded for drivers of commercial vehicles and private companies in Lagos to be certified by the Lagos State Driver’s Institute (because it recognizes that anyone can easily obtain the National Driver’s Licence without proper tests), but of course it cannot enforce the state’s requirements over conflicting federal law. Unfortunately, a primary problem in Nigeria is that we seem to habitually misdiagnose our problems and thus ended up never addressing same. You can spray an outhouse with potpourri but the crap underneath will continue to fester. We have FUNDAMENTAL issues that needs to be addressed.

    • molarah

      July 1, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      This is the issue I have with Nigeria. If we want to fight for a cause, let’s fight properly. Let’s get our facts right, and let’s have a unified cause. The first slip up is that we don’t even know who we are fighting. Dayo Mobereola is no longer Commissioner for Transport in Lagos. And Lagos state doesn’t have the jurisdiction over the road on which this incident occurred.

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