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Abeokuta Explosion: Ogun seals gas company over negligence

The Ogun State Government has closed down Gasco Marine Ltd, the company whose truck was involved in an accident that claimed life and properties in the Ita-Oshin area of Abeokuta North Local Government.

Recall that on Saturday at about 5.30pm the gas tanker suffered brake failure leading to an explosion.

According to a witness the driver of the tanker rammed into the road divider due to brake failure, and the truck which went up in flames razed some vehicles, shops and building along  the road side.

Speaking in an interview after sealing off the premises of the company located at Onijoganjogan, Abeokuta, the Senior Special Assistant to the Ogun State Governor on Environment and Chairman, Special Task Force on Environmental Matters, Hon. Farouq Akintunde said the accident occurred due to the negligence of the company.

He said: “Two days ago, Ogun State was in a tumult with the news of fire incident that occurred around Ita-Oshin. We can authoritatively confirm that the truck that was involved in that fire is from this company.

“It was a sorry case because it involved loss of life and destruction of properties. Our preliminary investigation shows that it is an act of negligence from the company as they did not do the needful as regards the truck.

“As a regulatory body which is in control of all these matters, we believe there is a need for us to conduct safety and audit tests on all their trucks to prevent future occurrence. In doing so, we have to shut down the premises and after that all other procedures will follow.”

Akintunde said the company would be unsealed as soon as all necessary steps and precautions have been put in place, maintaining that as a business-friendly state, the government does not take joy in sealing business premises perpetually.

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