"At the last count, we have about 50 vehicles burnt and nine bodies also recovered from the scene".
The statement says fire, police and other authorities are on the scene amid efforts to clear the road of the destroyed vehicles. "My vehicle has been consumed in the fire I am happy I am alive".
A petroleum tanker reportedly exploded on a bridge in Nigeria, leading to 54 vehicles being burnt and nine people dead in the fire. Many vehicles caught fire in the process. Nigeria is one of Africa's top oil producers.
"I want to commiserate with all the families of those that have lost their lives".
In a statement, Kehinde Bamigbetan, commissioner for information, described the incident as a sad development, saying it is "most unfortunate and regrettable". He also urged motorists to continue to adhere to the safety standard and the State Traffic Laws so as to prevent a re-occurrence of such incidents.
"I want to also thank the people for being patience with us".
As confirmed by the Federal Road Safety Corps, the tanker had lost its brake and was rolling back on the Michael Otedola Bridge on the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. He added that the tanker, five buses, two trucks, a tricycle and 45 cars were burnt out.
According to Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the FRSC, the cause of accident was break failure suffered by the petrol laden tanker.
The incident took place around 5.30 pm (10 pm Indian time) on a motorway connecting Lagos to the city of Ibadan, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency said.