Disaster was on Saturday averted at the Murtala Muhammed International
Airport, Lagos, after a tanker conveying Premium Motor Spirit lost
balance and spilled its contents on the major road leading to the
nation’s busiest airport.
It was gathered that the incident which occurred about 10 a.m. caused
heavy vehicular traffic around the airport and its environs for several
A reliable source from the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN,
Fire Service Department, told newsmen that the disaster was averted by
the prompt action taken by both FAAN fire fighters and the Lagos State
He said: “The truck lost balance and spilled its content very close to
the Airport Garage which is the road leading to the airport from Ikeja.
“Fire fighters responded quickly and diluted the contents with a “foam
blanket”, to prevent any fire outbreak.
“Also, some officers were quickly deployed to the nearby FAAN residential
quarters to monitor the situation.”
DSP Joseph Alabi, spokesperson for the Lagos Airport Police Command, who
also confirmed the incident to journalists, commended the roles played by
all agencies to avert the disaster.
Alabi said following the incident, the Police from Area F Command and
traffic officials embarked on rerouting vehicles coming and going into
the airport to ease the gridlock.
He said vehicles coming from Ikeja were directed to use the newly
constructed Airport Road via Oshodi while those exiting were diverted to
the MMA1 to link up with the Agege Motor Road via National filling
station bus stop.
It was reported that as at the time of filing this report efforts were
being made to tow the fallen tanker away.