Tanker Explodes, Catches Fire On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

A Tanker Laden with diesel had gone up in flames near the long bridge, Warewa axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ogun State.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said the crash occurred at about 10pm on Tuesday, involving three male adults.

It was reported that the diesel tanker with the registration number, KSF336XX, was the only vehicle involved in the fire accident.

The FRSC spokesperson in Ogun State, Florence Okpe, disclosed to Airviews Reporter that one man was injured in the crash, and no death was recorded.

Okpe blamed the accident on mechanical deficiency, adding that the injured victim was driven to hospital.

“Three persons were involved, all male adults, and one sustained injury. No death was recorded from the crash.

“One vehicle, a diesel truck, was involved. The suspected cause of the lone crash was mechanical deficiency.

“The injured victim was taken to Hopeland Medical Centre, Warewa.

“The scene of the crash was cordoned off to avoid a secondary crash,” Okpe explained.A Tanker Laden with diesel had gone up in flames near the long bridge, Warewa axis of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ogun State.

Four Killed As Mob Razes Customs Vehicles In Sokoto

No fewer than four persons have died in a road accident involving three commercial vehicles in Sokoto State.

This led to a protest by an angry mob that razed two vehicles belonging to the Nigeria Customs Service.

The mob blamed the fatal accident that claimed the lives of the four persons on the customs checkpoint at Asara Unit of Illela Command.

In his reaction, the spokesman for the Sokoto/Zamfara Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Tahir Balarabe, described the incident as unfortunate

He confirmed that two vehicles belonging to the command, and one other belonging to the officer in charge of the unit were burnt by the angry mob.

Balarabe stressed that the officials were only carrying out their legitimate duties by preventing the smuggling of contrabands into the country, as stipulated by the Customs and Excise Law.

Narrating how the accident occurred, eyewitnesses claimed that three cars collided in an attempt to evade arrest and a stop and search operation at the checkpoint mounted by customs officials.

The drivers involved, according to sources, loaded their vehicles with contrabands such as foreign rice and vegetable oil.

On sighting the customs checkpoint, they were said to have made an attempt to evade arrest and, in the process, caused the accidents that left several other persons with different degrees of injury.

While four persons were confirmed dead at the scene of the accident, six other injured victims were rushed to a nearby hospital in Gwadabawa Local Government Area of the state.

In swift reaction to the incident, an angry crowd at the village began to attack the property and other facilities of the customs – an action that led to the burning of two operational vehicles.

According to witnesses, it took the timely intervention of troops of the Nigerian Army to stop the mob from further attacking the customs facilities.

Police Patrol Van In Car Chase Crushes Policeman To Death In Ekiti

A policeman identified as Supol Ayeni has been crushed to death by a patrol van belonging to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) unit of the Ekiti State Police Command.

The incident occurred on Tuesday evening along Federal Polytechnic, Ado/Ijan Road.

An eye witness told Airviews correspondent  that RRS operatives who drove recklessly were chasing  some suspected fraudsters, otherwise known as Yahoo boys when they hit their colleague who was on a motorcycle.

It was learnt that Supol Ayeni was attached to Odo Ado police station, he died on the spot.

“He actually came home to eat, his wife has a shop around Aba Ebira in the polytechnic community. There is this bad spot along the road, beside the silo, so the deceased came to his wife’s shop up eat, he came with one of his friends motorcycle. He was working at Odo Ado which is not that far from here.

“The RRS operatives were in two hilux vehicles chasing a Benz. I don’t know where they were chasing the guys from, as they were about to overtake the Benz, the deceased who is popularly known as Baba Ada was coming from the other side and one of the vehicles hit him. He died immediately.”

A colleague of the deceased who spoke to our correspondent confirmed the incident.

He added that the RRS operatives involved in the reckless act have been identified and detained at the state headquarters.

“Yes, Supol Ayeni is dead, He was hit by RRS van. I’m still confused my brother, this was someone I saw earlier today.”

Calls put across to Ekiti Police Command spokesperson, Sunday Abutu by Airview  reporter were not  yet answered nor returned.

Amaechi: Abuja-Kaduna Rail Line Generates ₦300 Million Monthly

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that the Abuja-Kaduna train service generates at least N300 million for the country every month.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Hard Copy, Amaechi said the ministry is contributing to the nation’s economic growth.

He said, “We make N300 million per month from the Abuja-Kaduna train.”

He added that “currently, we are running Lagos-Ibadan from the money we are making from Abuja-Kaduna rail service, at the end of the day, we pay back over N100 million to the federal government.”In Nigeria, new Chinese-built train takes the strain - Vanguard News

Amaechi, who was a former governor of Rivers State, further disclosed that the government is planning to put about 16 trains on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line, stressing that this will increase revenue generation from that axis.

When questioned about the cost implications for developments experienced on the rail system, the minister said the country is capable of meeting its loan requirements.

Earlier in the year, Amaechi had stated that the Federal Government had borrowed about $2.5billion for the construction of a railway linking Lagos to Ibadan.

Speaking further about the debts accrued in the course of developing the rail transport system, the minister expressed confidence that “Nigeria has the capacity to pay back” adding that the nation has commenced repayments.

He disclosed that more developments were coming to the rail sector which will further boost the revenue generated by the ministry and as such aid the government in settling its debts.

According to Amaechi, work on the Kano-Maradi line and Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rails are expected to commence by the end of January.

LASTMA Announces Closure Of Ahmadu Bello Way, Suggests Alternative Routes

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has announced the closure Ahmadu Bello Way, from Adeola Odeku Intersection to Adetokunbo Ademola by Eko Hotels Roundabout.

LASTMA disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos entitled: “Traffic advisory for Thursday, December 9, 2021″.

The agency also suggested alternative routes for motorists.

The advisory read, “Ahmadu Bello Way, from Adeola Odeku Intersection to Adetokunbo Ademola by Eko Hotels Roundabout will be temporarily closed to traffic and traffic diverted to Adeola Odeku, Akin Adesola to connect desired destination.

“Akin Adesola connecting Ahmadu Bello Way by IMB will be temporarily closed to traffic and traffic will be diverted to Oyin Jolayemi, Oko Awo and Sanusi Fafunwa to connect desired destinations.

“From Ozumba Mbadiwe (Civic Centre) to Adetokunbo Ademola to Eko Hotels Roundabout traffic will be temporarily diverted after Eko Hotels Roundabout to
i) Ajose Adeogun,
ii) Sanusi Fafunwa or
iii) back to Civic Centre to connect destination.

“All adjoining streets / feeder roads leading to Ahmadu Bello Way from Adeola Odeku Intersection, as well as those leading to Eko Hotels, from Adetokunbo Ademola Roundabout (Eko Hotels Roundabout) will be temporarily closed to traffic from early hours of the day on Thursday 9th December, 2021.

“All alternative routes shall be effectively managed by Security and Law
Enforcement personnel to reduce unnecessary delays.

“We sincerely apologise for all inconveniences and delays but enjoin all road users to cooperate with traffic management personnel so as have a better traffic flow.”

However, LASTMA did not state the cause of the closure.

Police Shoot As Babs Fafunwa Secondary School Students Protest Trailer Killing

ome police officers have been seen in a video shared online shooting teargas into a school as students of Babs Fafunwa Secondary School protested, after a trailer rammed into the school property and killed their schoolmates.

The police officers were in the area to restore normalcy and a man was heard in the background, asking why they will be “shooting” into a school.

The security operatives were also seen at some point in the video, entering the school premises.

Lagos Hoodlums Kill NURTW Boss In Hospital

A leader of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Lagos State, Kunle Ajibade, has been murdered by suspected hoodlums in Ijeshatedo, in the Surulere area of the state.

Airviews news gathered that the assailants stabbed the 28-year-old at his house and trailed him to a hospital where he was receiving treatment.

They were said to have shot him multiple times.

The victim’s brother, Kehinde, who urged the police to investigate the killing, said his brother was being rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital when he gave up on the way.

Our correspondent learnt that the circumstances surrounding Kunle’s death started during a celebration tagged Prosper Day.

The party held last Saturday on Ijikoyijo Street, Ijeshatedo, where Kunle was the vice-chairman of the NURTW.

Members of two rival gangs reportedly attended the party to also catch fun.

While one of the gang members was led by a man identified as My Son, the other gang was led by a transport worker identified as Kolom.

Kehinde said trouble started when one Malik, a member of Kolom’s gang, started misbehaving after drinking to a stupor around 10pm.

He claimed that Malik’s action infuriated members of the other gang, which led to a fight between the groups.

“Also in Ijesha, there is a group known as the Ultimate, led by one Alaka.

“During the fight, members of the Ultimate group supported My Son group.

“Kunle and some people tried to settle the fight. But Alaka became annoyed and engaged in a shouting match with my brother.

“One of Alaka’s boys, Jabi, even broke a bottle on my brother’s head, but we ensured that the matter was settled for peace to reign. The party ended and everyone went home,” Kehinde added.

He alleged that Alaka, however, led his gang to attack Kunle at midnight, adding that they stabbed him with different weapons, including machetes.

“I was asleep when my phone rang around 2am. I checked it and realised that it was my wife calling. I picked it, but my mother started speaking and she said I should go to Ijikoyijo Street because some people had used machetes to inflict serious wounds on Kunle.

“When I got there, I was told that they had taken my brother to a private hospital on Ogunmuyiwa Street. On my way there, I met his friends, who said while at the hospital, Alaka led his boys to attack the medical facility and shot my brother.

“They shot him in the hand, back and thigh. Even without the gunshots, the probability of him surviving the injuries he suffered during the attack with machetes was low. They cut his hand and head. I have Alaka’s voice recordings confirming that he attacked my brother.

“After the attack at the hospital, my brother’s friends rushed him to the Adetutu Hospital on Kosoko Street in Ijesha. My mum and I went to meet him there and decided to rush him to LUTH because the injuries were serious. We hired a tricycle, but he died on the way,” he added.

A video clip showing Kunle’s lifeless body in a tricycle was seen by our correspondent.

His left palm was severely cut; he was also hacked in the thigh, chest, back and laps.

Friends and family members were also heard lamenting the death.

The victim’s mother, Adeola, who demanded justice, said the case had been transferred from the Ijesha Police Station to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.

She said, “My son died in my hands. He kept mentioning Alaka’s name till he died. After his death, I called Alaka and told him that he killed my son. While my son has been buried, Alaka is still around and has not been arrested. I want justice.”

Alaka, however, denied killing Kunle, adding that he spoke angrily to his mother because she accused him wrongly.

He said, “I am not the one that led the attack. Kunle’s mother is like a mother to me. When she called and accused me of attacking her son, because of the way she spoke, I got annoyed and talked to her rudely.

“I asked if she knew what her son did to me. I was shocked when I heard that Kunle was dead and I could not call her back again because of how I had spoken to her on the phone. His brother also called me and started cursing me and I became speechless.

“I never entered any hospital. Gang members from Itire came to the party. Kunle threw a bottle at me. I was even the one going to meet Malik who scattered the party. If I knew he had died, I would never have the guts to talk to his mother like that.”

Jimoh Buhari, a spokesperson for the Lagos State NURTW Chairman, Musiliu Akinsanya, aka MC Oluomo, said some members of the transport union go outside their scope of operation to engage in street fights.

He, however, promised to make findings on the case and get back to our correspondent.

He had yet to do so as of the time this report was filed.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said he would get back to our correspondent after being briefed on the incident.

Railway Workers To Embark On Three-Day Warning Strike.

The Nigerian Railway workers are to embark on a 3-day warning strike from Thursday, November 18 to November 20, 2021.

General Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers (NUR), Comrade Segun Esan, confirmed this in a chat with Daily Trust monitored by Airviews News.

Report indicate that the workers have notified the authorities of the strike.

A letter titled ‘’ Notice and Directive to embark on 3- day warning strike nationwide,’’ dated November 12th was addressed to District Chairman/Secretary Nigeria Union of Railway workers and Senior Staff Association.

The Nigeria Union of Railwaymen (NUR) and its sister body, Senior Staff Association for the Statutory Corporation and Government-owned Company (SC GOC), had earlier given the Federal Government and the National Railway Corporation (NRC) a three-week ultimatum to address its welfare concerns to prevent an total industrial action across the country beginning from November 14.

These demands include an increase in the salaries of NRC staff, incorporation of life insurance and payment of promoted staff arrears from 2018 to date, among others.

According to the letter sent to the Managing Director of the NRC, Engr. Fidet Okhiria, and the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, the labour unions said their “agitation for enhanced salary cannot be overemphasized as it is an open secret that the salary regime of the Nigerian Railway workers is the worst and most incomprehensible of all salary structures available to the parastatals under the supervision of the federal ministry of transport”.

“The Honorable Minister of Transport once acceded to the fact that Nigerian Railway workers can easily be identified from the crowd by the way they look and dress which he meant to be strikingly suggestive of the very poor salary paid in the corporation,” the letter read.

“It baffles us so much that the federal government spends billions of dollars on building rail transport infrastructure and transforming the system to a modern railway system but with no dint of impact or improvement in the welfare of the workers in terms of improved remuneration.

“We wonder how long the Honorable Minister of Transport will keep avoiding the railway workers and consciously failing in getting better pay for the impoverished Nigerian Railway workers. We wonder how long we will wait before we get our demand for improved salary approved just like that of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) where workers’ salaries were recently upped by three hundred percent.”

Lagos To Divert Traffic At Apapa Road For Rail Project .

LRMT RED LINE PROJECT: LASG TO DIVERT TRAFFIC AT APAPA ROAD, OYINGBO

In continuation of the ongoing Lagos Rail Mass Transit (LRMT) Redline Project Phase I (Oyingbo – Agbado), the Lagos State Government will divert traffic at Apapa Road in Oyingbo area of the State from Tuesday, 16th November 2021 to Tuesday, 11th January 2022, a duration of two months.

A statement signed by the Honourable Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, explained that the diversion will necessitate a partial closure of the road for the commencement of construction of Oyingbo Overpass.

Assuring that alternative routes have been mapped out for motorists and road users, the Commissioner revealed that the traffic flow on Apapa Road will be eased with the provision of temporary lanes for motorists during the construction period.

In the same vein, he noted that traffic on Murtala Mohammed Way will be diverted from Abeokuta Street to link Borno Way inwards Coates Street to access Murtala Mohammed Way, adding that motorists will be able to access Cemetery Street from Abeokuta Street.

Oladeinde stressed that there will be no inbound and outbound traffic from Ibadan Street, Ondo Street and Jebba Street, maintaining that Borno Way will serve as an alternative route as well.

The Transport Commissioner reassured that the State Traffic Management Authority will be available to complement the signs mounted along the routes to guide motorists and minimise any form of inconvenience.

While soliciting the cooperation of motorists towards the success of the project, he reiterated the commitment of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu led administration towards the development of transport infrastructure within the metropolis, adding that a Multi-Modal Transportation System will boost the economic prowess of the citizenry and the State at large.

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Three Injured As Tanker Explodes On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

A tanker exploded near Berger Yard along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Sunday, injuring three persons, an FRSC official reported.

While the actual cause of the tanker explosion is yet to be ascertained as of the time of this report, the official said a vehicle was burnt.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun State Command, Ahmed Umar, who confirmed the incident said the three injured persons have been taken to the Idera hospital in Sagamu town.

He also informed that fire-fighters are on the ground managing the situation. He advised motorists to remain calm, disciplined and cooperate with traffic managers to avoid a secondary explosion.

”FRSC Ogun Sector Command wishes to inform the motoring public on the traffic situation along Lagos-Ibadan expressway of a burning tanker laden with gas that resulted to fire incident around Danco,” he said.

”FRSC rescue team and fire service are fully on the ground managing the situation. Traffic has been diverted to avoid ‘secondary crash’. Motorists are advised to remain calm, disciplined, and cooperate with traffic managers,” he said.