Youths scoop fuel in Ibadan tanker crash

13 May 2015, Ibadan – Men from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps had a hectic time preventing some youths ‎who were scooping petrol from a gutter at Olodo when a tanker emptied its 33,000 litres of fuel.

IPMAN-fuel pumpThough, the officials of the security outfit were trying to send away scores of youths coming with kegs, some people in mufti who were believed to be security agents were seen scooping the fuel.

As they filled their containers, the youths were seen entering a popular pentecostal church by the road side.

By this time, men from the State Fire Service poured some soapy substance on the spot to prevent fire outbreak.

The fuel tanker was said to be going to Iwo when it lost control due to the inability to switch gear as it attempted to ascend a hilly road. This made it drift backward from the hill.

Speaking with newsmen, the Principal Fire Superintendent, Michael Olapade said, “We had a distress call some minutes before 10 this morning(yesterday). We met the vehicle like this when we came. We used our foam compound to cover the petrol, we are on stand by in case of any emergency”.

According to an Officer of the National Security Civil Defence Corps, Disaster Management Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Mr. Adedapo George and his team who came in around 9.00a.m, “when we got here, we were told by the second driver that the destination of the tanker was a filling station in Iwo that as they were going along the hill, the tanker was unable to forge ahead so it fell from the hill while trying to manoever but there was no casualty”.

He added that they were able to stop and disperse the crowd who were scooping the fuel gushing out of the tanker into a nearby church adding that some of the youths attacked them by throwing stones at them.
Immediately the incident happened, the driver fled the scene leaving behind his assistant, Chief R.A Adegboyega who said “when we got here the brake failed and the tanker went backward. He tried his best before this happened”.

According to Mr. Biodun Adebowale, an eyewitness, “the driver could not switch gear which made the tanker drift backward”.

According to another eyewitness a shoemaker, Mr Kolapo Usamat whose shop was destroyed said, “he could not apply his gear while attempting to climb the hill”.

– Vanguard

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