Barely four days after the fuel tanker explosion that wreaked havoc in the state, Lagos State Government yesterday disclosed that the death toll from the fuel tanker fire at Otedola Bridge end of Lagos-Ibadan expressway has increased to 12.
The state’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, who disclosed increase in death toll during a press briefing in Lagos, also announced opening of a DNA sample collection centre, to assist in identifying the bodies deposited at the mortuary.
Idris hinted that the death toll increased due to level of burns suffered by the victims, saying, some of the victims sustained 90 percent degree of burns during the explosions.
He said: “At the close of emergency operations, we recorded 10 deaths including a minor who were all burn beyond recognition and seven injured.
“Of the seven patients received at three of our hospitals, Accident and Emergency center at Toll gate, The Trauma and Burns Centre in Gbagada and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH for prompt treatment, regrettably, we lost one few hours over the weekend because he suffered 90 percent degree of burns, increasing the number to 11.
“While still battling with the causalities figure, we were informed at the weekend that two persons, who suffered burns, were rushed to a private hospital in the state. Of these persons, one has died. And this increased the number of victim from the explosion to 12 persons,” the commissioner added.
Meanwhile, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal said Lagos State Government has perfected plans to prosecute the owner and driver of the ill-fated fuel tanker.
It was learnt that the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem had at the weekend written to the CP to advise him on the relevant provisions of the law that could guide the ongoing investigation which would lead to possible prosecution.
Confirming receipt of the letter to journalists after the Security Council Meeting chaired by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Edgal said investigations into the incident were ongoing, saying that government would not allow vehicles that pose serious danger to residents on the road.
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