OTEDOLA BRIDGE ACCIDENT: See What Governor Ambode Said
54 vehicles burnt, 9 deaths confirmed, 4 people in Intensive Care Units and several Lagosians forced to spend long hours in traffic before getting to their homes on Thursday.
June 28, 2018 would be remembered as a day of deep sorrow within Nigeria's commercial capital.
The affected vehicles comprised the fuel tanker, five buses, two trucks, one tricycle, and 45 cars.
The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Services confirmed the figures to reporters at the scene.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has commiserated with victims of the fuel tanker explosion and relatives of the deceased.
"The Lagos State Government has commiserated with families of victims who lost their lives and property in a fatal tanker explosion which occurred on Thursday evening on Otedola Bridge, inward Ojodu Berger area of the State.
The incident, which occurred at about 5pm, left scores of vehicles burnt while some lives were lost.
The Government, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, described the incident as a sad development, saying that the incident was most unfortunate and regrettable.
“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,” Bamigbetan said.
The Commissioner said that Governor Ambode has directed all relevant agencies to move into the area to normalise the apprehension that had taken over the area and to also ensure that those in need are adequately taken care of.
The governor assured that clearing of the highway of damaged vehicles to establish normal traffic flow would continue throughout the night until the objective is achieved.
He called for the co-operation of all citizens with the officials of the agencies to restore the situation to normalcy.
He also urged motorists to continue to adhere to the safety standard and the State Traffic Laws so as to prevent a re-occurrence of such incidents.
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JUNE 28, 2018
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