A disturbing report has it that there was a gas tanker explosion at the Mowe area of Ogun State on the night of Sunday, March 27. The explosion which happened around 10 pm led to serious gridlock and chaos among residents in the area. Added to this, the inferno was said to have erupted near a First Bank building along the Mowe area of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Confirming the incident, Florence Okpe, a spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun state command, said officers have been deployed to the scene to put out the flames.
Okpe said: “It’s a gas tanker explosion. Our rescue team is there already. I will give you more information later.” Meanwhile, there was brewing tension in the air as many passengers are feared dead in multiple crashes along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The incident involved two vehicles and a fuel tanker which went up in flames around the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM) Prayer City.
Lagos-Ibadan expressway is notorious for road crashes as it had claimed not less than 30 lives in 2022. Okpe confirmed Thursday’s crash in a terse statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, the state capital.
She said: “A multiple crash involving a Tanker and two other vehicles just occurred around mountain of fire church on the outward section of the LAGOS-IBADAN Expressway. “There is an outbreak of fire at the scene. Motorists are advised to drive cautiously and remain calm until the fire is extinguished.”