Ecobank Head Office in Victoria Island, Lagos. was gutted by fire this morning following diesel tanker explosion which occurred in the bank premises.
According to eyewitnesses, the incident occurred by 8:40 a.m when a diesel tanker was offloading diesel close to a generator that was turned on. This resulted in an explosion and a fire outbreak which has been brought under control by operatives of the Lagos State Fire Service.
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This is coming barely few weeks after the lagos State Government disclosed plans to prosecute the owner and driver of the ill-fated fuel tanker which exploded on Otedola Bridge inward Ojodu Berger along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, had written to the police commissioner to advise him on the relevant provisions of the law that could guide the ongoing investigation which would lead to possible prosecution.
Confirming receipt of the letter while briefing Government House Correspondents after the Security Council Meeting chaired by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Mr Edgal said investigations into the incident were ongoing, saying that government would not allow vehicles that pose serious danger to residents on the road.
The police chief, who briefed journalists alongside heads of other security agencies in the state, specifically commiserated with those who lost their loved ones to the tragic incident, while also commending emergency responders who quickly raced to the scene to keep the causality figure low.
“As regards investigation into the matter, it is in top gear. I have just received a letter from the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice which stated very clearly charges which we are going to prefer against the driver and the owner of that tanker.
“Henceforth, we are using this opportunity to call on all tanker drivers, all lorry drivers, all owners of such articulated vehicles to please submit those vehicles for Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) test; they must go through the entire hub and get the Ministry of Transportation (MOT) Certificate of Road Worthiness. We will not allow such vehicles which obviously pose serious danger to other road users on our roads,” Mr Edgal said.