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Wednesday 29 January 2020

Petrol Tanker Explosion: Another Danger Averted In Onitsha

Princewill Akubumma | Biafra Writers

January 29, 2020

ONITSHA - Residents of Onitsha, the commercial hub of Anambra state, were yesterday, Tuesday January 28, 2020, thrown into panic as yet another tanker laden with petroleum fell at Upper Iweka, the busiest and the most crowded area in Onitsha. Aware of the disaster that usually followed, residents scampered for safety.

It is barely four months now that a heavy casualty was recorded at the same spot when a petrol tanker fell into the gutter and burst into flames, leaving many dead and many more injured, not to mention countless businesses that got razed down.

Both ends of the major lane where the petrol tanker fell were cordoned off by men of the Nigerian Police. Members of Anambra Fire Service were on ground and ready for action should there be fire outbreak. Many news agencies were there also, covering the happenings.

Given the recurrent incident of this tanker mishap, the government, if it cares for the life of the citizenry, should as a matter of urgency ban petrol tanker and lorry drivers from plying the city roads in daytime or build a separate lane for them.

The Biafra Times
Edited by Nelson Ofokar Yagazie
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
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