No one was injured in a gas-laden truck accident in Ilorin on the Xmas eve, according to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Kwara Command.
Mr. Babawale Afolabi, its Spokesman, made the clarification in response to newsmen’s inquiries about the incident in Ilorin.
According to reports, a major disaster was averted at Ilorin’s Unity Roundabout when a moving articulated vehicle, loaded with gas, lost its head, causing profuse leakage.
According to Afolabi, a major tragedy was averted, as a gas-laden truck lost control and its head severed from the body, spilling its content on the major road.
He said that the truck carrying gas was trying to negotiate a roundabout at ‘A’ Division Area, of Ilorin metropolis when the incident occurred.
“We received the distress call around 7.30 a.m on Dec. 24, that an articulated truck carrying gas product has crashed its container, as the driver was trying to negotiate a roundabout.
“The NSCDC State Commandant, Makinde Ayinla, immediately directed the officers and men of the Disaster Management Unit of the Corps to mobilize themselves to the scene of the accident.
“We are glad that major disaster was eventually averted,” he said.
The spokesman said that the articulated truck, coming from Lagos had entered Ilorin, when the incident occurred.
Afolabi said that the NSCDC officers, the Police and men of Kwara State Transport Management Authority (KWATMA) were at the scene of the accident, to put the situation under control.