A 33 litre tanker trailer carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) early this morning lost control and rammed into a mosque at Iyana-Ipaja, a densely populated Lagos suburb along Abeokuta Expressway. This was as Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari commiserated with the victims of a similar tanker explosion at Onitsha, Anambra State.
The driver of the tanker was reported to have lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the mosque where it eventually exploded. It was not clear whether early morning worshippers had left the mosque as at the time of explosion.
The accident let to snarling early morning traffic in the axis which many feared may last for the better part of the day. Radio stations warned motorists to take alternative routes to their destinations rather that the Iyana – Ipaja route.
Meanwhile President Buhari has commiserated with the victims of a similar explosion which occurred at Onitsha about 48 hours before the Lagos explosion. Presidential aide, Shehu Garba in a statement prayed that God be with the victims in their trying times.
The explosions may not be unconnected with recent fuel scarcity which had rocked every part of Nigeria in the last one month. Oil and gas related unions just ended their strikes about a week ago, leaving a lot of pressure on tanker drivers to deliver fuel across the Federation.