Panic as fire guts petrol-laden tanker in Niger

A petroleum-laden tanker had been gutted by fire in Badeggi village, along Bida- Lapai road in Bida Local Government Area of Niger state.

According to reports, the incident which occurred at about 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 17, 2022, created some panic in the area.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) sector commander in the state, Kumar Tsukwam, confirmed the development in an interview in Minna, on Sunday.

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Tsukwam stated that the tanker was conveying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to Abuja and started leaking while in motion.

“The driver parked and tried to fix the leakage, a fire from a tea shop ignited, followed the trail of the leakage and set the tanker ablaze, as well as two other articulated vehicles.”

Tsukam said that four people were involved in the incident, but they were all unhurt.

He explained that the men of FRSC RS7 24 Bida, fire service personnel and other security agencies were at the scene managing the situation.

The sector commander advised drivers of articulated vehicles to always ensure safety of their vehicles while on the roads to avoid unnecessary crashes.

(NAN)

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