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Lagos Govt To Prosecute Owner Of Otedola Fuel Tanker Disaster

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Lagos State Government on Tuesday said Hassan Yusuf Maiwaka, the owner of tanker with registration number NSR 888 YQ registered in Kano that caused the inferno that led to the death of 12 people with 53 vehicles burnt will soon be brought to Lagos to face prosecution.

It was learnt that the meeting was also for the Nigerian Insurance Association, NIA, to access the damaged vehicles in order to take necessary steps in ensuring prompt and proper payment of compensation to the victims and their families.

The state Commissioner for Transportation Mr. Ladi Lawanson who disclosed this while giving report of the investigation carried out by government said 55 vehicles were involved in the accident comprising of 32 SUVs, seven buses, three trucks and one tricycle

He also disclosed that of the 55 vehicles, using forensic equipment and with the automated vehicle registration system in Lagos it was discovered that 39 were registered in Lagos and their owners have been traced and contacted.

‘’Some items recovered in some of the vehicles which includes £50, some euros, ATM cards and some documents were returned to the owners or their representatives after duly identifying themselves,’’ he said.

The commissioner commended all the officials of emergency response teams like LASEMA, Ambulance service, fire service, FRSC, police, LASTMA etc for their quick response which “mitigated what should have been a worst disaster”.

Also speaking, the Director-General of Nigerian Insurance Association, NIA, commended the state government for the speed with which the investigation was conducted and is coming out.

She assured that NIA will support all genuine cases of insurance claims involved in the accident and ensure that claims are paid by the concerned insurance companies both for the burnt vehicles and lives lost.

The Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Hyginus Omeje who was also present at the meeting gave some safety tips at accident scenes or while driving.

He said in cases like what happened at Otedola bridge on the sad day, motorist should just switch off the engine of their cars and run for their lives and that when they are behind articulated vehicles in traffic people must keep a reasonable distance.

Omeje also advised that people must not gather at accident sites for the purpose of taking photographs or video recording as they would be hindering rescue efforts or could become victims of further accident.

 



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