A tanker explosion has razed no fewer than 49 shops, four residential houses and two motorcycles on Monday in Lambata, Gurara local government area of Niger state
It was learnt that the fire started from a Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) laden tanker coming from Suleja axis in the night on Sunday after a collision with a trailer coming from Suleja axis and razed the affected building till on monday morning.
It was gathered that the driver momentarily lost control at the ever busy Lambata area of the Minna, Suleja highway thereby causing the collision and eventual explosion.
Garba saidu, who witnessed the incident said, “The collision led to an explosion, which affected the shops and the residential houses by the road side, it was a sorry sight to behold, all the goods in the shops were razed down because the traders have already closed their shops.”
According to Julian Aluko, a widow and one of the shop owners with six children, “I have lost all my goods and wonders how i will be able to cope with my children and schools fees now that schools will be reopening.”
“I couldn’t pick anything from my shop. Not even a pin. I have six children and now I just don’t know how I will train them. My husband is dead and since then, it is from this shop that I train my children”, she added.
Similarly, Friday Amaechi, whose four shops were completely razed, decried the fate that has befallen him, and wondered if he would be able to recover from the loss, saying that, “My four shops that i laboured for years have all gone. I am short of words. I don’t know where to go. I am owing many people”.
I collected the goods on credit.”
Chairman of Gurara local government area, Yusuf Wali, blamed the incident on the recklessness of tanker drivers, who also park their vehicles indiscriminately by the road side saying that he has tried severally to stop them from their reckless behaviours but they did not heed to the council’s directives.
The Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency Ahmed Inga said, “The Governor has directed that we carry out assessment of the situation, and that is what we have done. No life has been lost, but two trucks, two motorcycles, 49 shops and four residential apartments with sixteen rooms have been burnt down.
“It is really unfortunate what has happened, but we believe the state government will come to their aid. In the meantime, I urge the victims to remain calm”, he added.