Several people were killed and many more injured when an oil tanker exploded in the Orile-Iganmu area of Lagos. The tragedy occurred early in the morning of 24 July after the driver of the tanker allegedly lost control of the vehicle and ran into a kerb; several other vehicles including another tanker and a bus were involved in the ensuing fire, which also destroyed nearby shops. The exact number of victims is not clear.
The accident comes the day after the federal government banned delivery of petroleum products to 16 tank farms in the Apapa area pending construction of new parking bays in a bid to ease congestion and improve road safety in the commercial capital.
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