A gas tanker exploded on Thursday in the Iju-Ishaga area of Lagos, leaving at least 16 persons critically injured and scores of building and cars destroyed.

Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Damilola Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

The LASEMA boss said efforts are being made by his men to put out the resulting fire from the explosion with support from the Lagos State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

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According to LASEMA investigations, an unknown truck conveying gasoline had a lone accident and exploded.

“The impact of the explosion led to fire on adjoining buildings and several vehicles burnt,” the agency said. “Several persons were injured and have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.”

A Damaged Tanker?

Speaking to Channels Television on Thursday at the site of the explosion, LASEMA’s Director of Operations, Engr Olatunde Akinsanya said 16 persons have been confirmed to be critically injured and taken to the Iju Water Works clinic.

Akinsanya added that the gas tanker explosion took place at about 3:30 pm.

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