Death toll rises in Lagos gas tanker explosion

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The death toll in the gas tanker explosion on Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way in the Maryland area of Ikeja, capital city of Lagos State, on Thursday night, has risen to five, National Daily has gathered.

Lagos State Commissioner for Special Duties, Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, disclosed this while addressing reporters at the scene of the incident on Friday morning.

According to him, three victims died at the scene while two died at the hospital.

Bamgbose-Martins said, “Lives were lost. We had about 13 people rescued but we understand that out of the 13 people, we’ve lost two of them which means that we’ve only rescued 11. We’ve recovered three bodies again this morning. They’ve started moving them away from here.”

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Bamgbose-Martins also said that investigation is ongoing, adding that a special committee by the state government which has agencies of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation as members are working to end gas tanker and gas stations explosions in the state.

Similarly, the spokesman for the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Nosa Okunbor, revealed that five persons lost their lives in the explosion which occurred around 11pm on Thursday.

Over 22 vehicles were burnt in the inferno that followed the explosion while the Ogun State Property & Investment Corporation Plaza was badly damaged.