President Buhari has reacted to Thursday’s fire incident in Lagos, which left many people dead and several vehicles burnt.
President Buhari who reacted to the incident through a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, on Thursday, sympathized with the Lagos State Government and the residents of the state.
The President who urged the emergency services and law enforcement officials to do their best to limit the losses and damage from the incident, added that the priority now is to ensure the survival of those people who could still be in danger.
He said: ”Sadly, this seems to be one of the greatest tragedies we have seen in recent times.’’
It has also been confirmed that no fewer than 54 cars and commercial vehicles driving behind the tanker got burnt in the fire incident, during which nine people were reportedly killed. Emergency management workers were said to have been mobilised to the scene, to rescue commuters trapped in the accident.
Motorists, who made a U-turn and attempted to flee the scene of the incident, crashed into other vehicles. Lives were reportedly lost in the secondary accident that resulted from the confusion caused by the fallen tanker.
An eyewitness, Nkechi Obiageli, said the accident occurred around 5pm.
She said, “I was in a commercial bus heading towards the Mowe area of Ogun State. The bus was beside the tanker.
“There was traffic and when it cleared a little, the bus driver manoeuvred his way to the front. We were about a few vehicles away from the tanker, when we heard the sound of an explosion.
“The fuel from the tanker spilled on the expressway and all the vehicles at its back went up in flames. People ran for dear life. There was confusion everywhere.”
A bus driver, Sunday Esene, said his vehicle was burnt in the accident.
He said, “I had just dropped off my passengers at Berger bus stop and turned to buy fuel. I was on my way back when I saw the tanker. All of a sudden, it tumbled and hit the median. As soon as I realised that fuel was spilling out of the tanker, I abandoned my bus and jumped to the other side of the road. A few seconds later, the tanker exploded. I am sure over 50 vehicles got burnt with many lives lost.”