3 killed in petrol fire in Ogun

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The deceased were allegedly petrol thieves.

Three people, two of them related, were on Tuesday burnt to death at the Temitope axis of the Idiroko border town of Ogun State, when two vehicles conveying suspected stolen petroleum products collided and went up in flames.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered the victims were returning from one of their petrol black market known as “beebe”, a smuggling base between Nigeria and the Republic of Benin, when the Nissan Sunny car marked (LAGOS) AKD 194 BS conveying them collided with an unmarked Ford bus loaded with fuel.

The Ford bus, loaded with 200 units of 50-litre cans of petrol was said to be heading to the Beebe petroleum black market and then the Republic of Benin, before the crash occurred.

The driver of the bus was attempting to escape a Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, patrol van and in the process collided with the Nissan Sunny car in front of the Fariward petroleum filling station

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the incident occurred at about 2am. It was wailing and weeping among residents and other sympathisers, who watched helplessly as the deceased family thronged the scene of the accident to pack the remains of their loved ones.

The Police officers from Idiroko Divisional headquarters later arrived the scene and towed away the carcass of the two burnt vehicles.

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