52 shops, 10 houses razed in flame after in a tanker explosion that occurred at Lambata town in Gawu Babangida Local Government Area of Niger State on Sunday night.
In a statement with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. Adamu Usman, the Niger state’s Commissioner of Police, confirmed the accident further explaining that a fully loaded petroleum product tanker coming from Minna to Suleja skidded off the road and rammed into a Mosque at Lambata in Gurara Local Government Area.
Usman said that the accident, which occurred at about 22:45 hours on Sunday, led to the burning of a car and another articulated vehicle loaded with goods.
“52 lock shops by the roadside and 10 houses were also razed,” he said.
“We have since commenced an investigation and warned truck drivers to desist from carrying people in the truck as such vehicles are not for passengers, he added.
The Commissioner said that the police and the fire service are fully on the ground controlling the situation.
Eyewitnesses say several goods especially agricultural produce displayed in the shops, and some household goods were destroyed in the disaster.
However, no life was lost as the incident occurred on a Sunday when most of the traders did not open their shops, and as a result of very few movements of people at the time.
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