A Petroleum Tanker Explodes in Ibadan

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A petrol tanker belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mega Station on the Iwo-Ojoo road in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, yesterday exploded on its premises.

The explosion occurred around 1:35pm when the tanker was off-loading 33,000 litres petrol.

This is the second time a tanker has exploded on the premises of the Mega Station.

Fire-fighters, who arrived on the scene with three vehicles, put out the fire after two and a half hours.

Men of the Joint Task Force, Operation Burst, and policemen from Kajorepo and Akobo in Akinyele Local Government Area were on the scene.

Motorists in Akobo, General Gas and Bashorun diverted to alternative routes. Schools in the area closed early.

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Although NNPC officials were reluctant to talk to our correspondent, one of them, who pleaded anonymity, said the incident may have been caused by carelessness on the part of those off-loading the tanker.

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