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Police says Ibadan Tanker Explosion killed 2 People



The Ibadan Police Command has said two persons died in a petrol tanker explosion on Thursday at Sawmill/Onipepeye area of the Ibadan-Lagos Expressway.

One witness told Premium Times that the tanker fell at about 2pm while trying to overtake a car.

“After the petrol tanker fell, some persons went there trying to scoop petrol before the tanker exploded,” the witness who identified himself as Saheed said.

Another witness, Rauf Ajayi said:

At least two people have been confirmed dead in the incident. The accident happened around 2 p.m, but it was around 2:45 pm before firefighters came.

After the tanker fell, people were supposed to run but some decided to move closer and while trying to scoop petrol, the tanker exploded.

The state police spokesperson Olugbenga Fadeyi said two people lost their lives in the incident, adding that four vehicles and two motorcycles were also burnt.

One eyewitness told Premium Times that “seven okada and eight other vehicles were affected.”

A social media user had called the attend alerted authorities about the impending explosion before it eventually went up in flames.

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