A fully loaded NNPC tanker got stuck and caused traffic gridlock for travellers coming from Oju Odo, Synagogue Church, inward Ikotun area of Lagos State on Tuesday morning.
This was contained in a statement made available to PUNCH Metro by the Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adebayo Taofeek, on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the LASTMA operatives averted a major fire disaster and ensured miscreants didn’t loot the tanker’s product.
He added that officials of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue team were present to trans-load the product of the stuck tanker to an empty one.
The statement partly reads, “Traffic officer Demola Muibi ‘Bravo’ (Zone 7) who led the LASTMA response team disclosed that an NNPC branded tanker fully loaded with petroleum product got hooked and blocked the entire Road inward Ikotun from the Synagogue Church.
“He disclosed further that to avert another major fire disaster around the entire Synagogue Church area, the LASTMA team after arriving at the scene around 6 a.m. called other major emergency responders including the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services immediately.
“We managed the situation in such a way to avoid miscreants and hoodlums from tampering with the fuel before the arrival of Policemen from Ikotun Police Division.”
The statement added that to ensure ease of traffic, motorists were diverted through another route.
“He confirmed that motorists were diverted through Ijegun Road for those who want to navigate through Ikotun/Ejigbo/Jakande and likewise those coming from Ejigbo are to access through Ile-we and Liasu Road for them to continue their journey.
“Trans-loading commences immediately another empty tanker is brought to the scene and the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services are doing the needful.”