Lagos fire caused by fuel-laden tanker, not bomb explosion – Police

File Photo: Fuel Tanker On Fire By JTF At Eneka Road in Atali, Rivers State on July 7, 2012

The Lagos State Police Command, Wednesday night, sought to dispel rumours suggesting that a bomb had exploded at the Apapa area of the state.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES via telephone, Ngozi Braide, the Lagos State Police Spokesperson, said that the explosion was caused by a tanker conveying petrol.

“There is nothing whatsoever suggesting that it was a bomb explosion, it was a tanker loaded with fuel that burst into flames,” Ms. Braide said.

“Policemen are on ground there now and we cannot yet ascertain the casualty figures. But everything is under control,” she added.

However, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, attributed the cause of the fire to a gas cylinder explosion.

Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA Spokesperson, South-West, said that the explosion occurred at 26, off Creek Road, Apapa at about 9:15 p.m.

“People were reported to be filling gas into the cylinder before it exploded,” Mr. Farinloye said in a text message.

“Fire service men from Federal and state are working to put out d fire that resulted from the explosion. Details will only come after the end of the operation.

“The incident happened within Folawiyo Energy Premises but they did not allow fire men into their premises at all,” Mr. Farinloye added.

Vanguard newspaper had reported that a car laden-bomb with explosives went off at Folawiyo Fuel depot at about 8.30pm.

According to the newspaper, the explosion ripped through four buildings, including two banks, resulting in the death of about four people.

The police said that report is false.

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