Ibadan tanker accident: Ajimobi, Makinde condole with victims, families

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and the governor-elect in the state, Mr. Seyi Makinde on Thursday commiserated with victims and families of the fire incident which was triggered by the fall of a fuel-laden truck at Onipepeye, along Iwo road, Ibadan, on Thursday.

The duo of Ajimobi and Makinde expressed their feelings in their separate statements made available to us.

Recall that no fewer than two people lost their lives when a petroleum tanker exploded and went up in flames on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

It was gathered that the tanker fully loaded with Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petroleum, lost control and crashed into a building.

Ajimobi, while speaking, described the incident as depressing.

The governor, in a condolence statement made available to DAILY POST and issued by Mr. Bolaji Tunji, his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, said that he received the news of the attendant loss of lives and property with grief and sadness.

The governor said he was pained that the incident consumed lives and gutted houses and vehicles.

Ajimobi said, “I received the depressing news of the unfortunate accident with grief and sadness. I am, especially pained that it led to loss of lives and property of innocent citizens who were going about in search of their daily bread.

“I condole with the family and friends of those that died in the accident and I wish those injured speedy recoveries. I’m using this opportunity to appeal to vehicle owners to put their vehicles in good condition before hitting the roads during this festive season.

“I also urge motorists to drive carefully and adhere to all safety precautions to avert a recurrence of this unfortunate incident. We should always remember our loved ones and have consideration for other roads users while plying the roads.

“May God grant the soul of our deceased compatriots eternal rest and mitigate the loss of those who lost properties to the accident.”

Ajimobi then called for sustained rescued operation on the accident scene for normalcy to return to the area as soon as possible.

Makinde, in his own reaction, said he was saddened over the ugly accident, and prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims.

The governor-elect said, “Deeply saddened by the news of the incident involving a petrol tanker along Old Ife Way in Ibadan which resulted in casualties and destruction of properties.

“May the souls of the victims rest in peace.”

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