Tanker explosion razes shops, houses in Ibadan


A fully loaded petrol tanker reportedly lost control and rammed into the block of shops and thereafter burst into flames on Thursday in Apata area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

It was gathered that the incident happened at Apata Junction opposite Oando Filling Station, destroying many houses and shops.

According to reports, the fire, which started around 6.15 p.m led to traffic gridlock on the major Ibadan-Abeokuta Highway.

The numbers of shops and residential buildings affected by the fire were yet to be ascertained.

Also, it could not be immediately confirmed if there were casualties as at the time of filing this report.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP. Olawale Osifeso, confirmed the incident stating that the command had deployed enough security officers to the scene to prevent the breakdown of law and order.

He said that update would be provided about the incident.