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A fully loaded NNPC tanker has caused traffic gridlock for travellers at the inward Ikotun area of Lagos State.

This was contained in a statement made available by the Public Relations Officer, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Adebayo Taofeek.

According to the statement, the LASTMA operatives however averted a major fire disaster and ensured hoodlums did not loot the tanker’s product.

He noted that officials of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue team were present to trans-load the product of the stuck tanker to an empty one.

The statement read in part, “Traffic officer Demola Muibi ‘Bravo’ (Zone 7) who led the LASTMA response team disclosed that an NNPC branded tanker fully loaded with petroleum product got hooked and blocked the entire Road inward Ikotun from the Synagogue Church.

“To avert another major fire disaster around the entire Synagogue Church area, the LASTMA team after arriving at the scene around 6 a.m. called other major emergency responders including the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services immediately.

“We managed the situation in such a way to avoid miscreants and hoodlums from tampering with the fuel before the arrival of Policemen from Ikotun Police Division.”

He added that to ensure ease of traffic, motorists were diverted through another route.

“Motorists were diverted through Ijegun Road for those who want to navigate through Ikotun/Ejigbo/Jakande and likewise those coming from Ejigbo are to access through Ile-we and Liasu Road for them to continue their journey.

“Trans-loading commences immediately another empty tanker is brought to the scene and the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services are doing the needful.”