A tanker loaded with premium motor spirit popularly called fuel has exploded inside a mechanic village in Amawbia, Awka South local government area of Anambra state.
The explosion, according to witnesses, happened at about 2.45pm on the Amawbia bypass by Enugu – Onitsha Expressway, Awka on Tuesday.
One the witnesses said: “But you know the place is a kind of cluster of mechanic workshops. So, your guess is as good as mine,”he said. Police spokesman in the state, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed the incident in a chat with our correspondent.
“A tanker has just exploded inside a mechanic workshop at Amawbia bypass, Enugu – Onitsha Expressway Awka. The fire is still ragging.
“It is highly advisable you alert residents in the area to steer clear from the premises in order to prevent any disaster.
“The Commissioner of Police, John Abang, has visited the scene and police patrol teams have cordoned-off the area. Fire Service department was equally contacted.”
Meanwhile, The Herald reported that the Anambra stàte government on Friday, October 31, stopped the movement of fuel tankers during the daytime.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Don Adinuba, the state government said such vehicles can only be allowed to move within the state from 8 p.m. to 5am.
The statement read: “Following the incessant collapse of trucks carrying petroleum products in Anambra State in recent times, including one which happened in Onitsha earlier today(Thursday), the Anambra State Government has decided to restrict the time which vehicles laden with petroleum products can move in the state.”