Report reaching us confirmed that five houses and over fifty (50) shops were gutted by fire in an explosion that rock Lambata town in Gawu Babangida Local Government Area of Niger State on Sunday night 6th September 2020 when a tanker loaded with 36,000 litres of PMS collided with a trailer.
As at the time of filing this report, no life was lost, as the incident occurred during the weekend.
An eyewitness at the scene of the incident said, two trucks were trying to avoid a pot hole without either of them exercising patience for the other. The resultant effect caused the tanker fully laden with fuel to spill its contents and eventually ignited.
Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Inga the Director-General and some Officials of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency in an on the spot risk assessment in Lambatta, described the situation as “unfortunate,” adding that: “We will compile our report and send it to the appropriate authority for necessary action.”
Inga, however, expressed sadness at the loss of valuable items and urged those affected to take it as “an act of God. We are happy no life was lost”, he said.
The state’s Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman, further reveal that the loaded petrol tanker coming from Minna to Suleja skidded off the road and ran into a mosque at Lambata, where it exploded.