BY SAMUEL OYADONGHA
YENAGOA — Workers of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Mega Filling Station along the Sani Abacha Expressway in the Bayelsa State capital and customers who stopped by to refuel their vehicles were reportedly thrown into panic, Tuesday, following a failed attempt by a deranged man to set a fuel tanker ablaze.
The incident which caused pandemonium in the area, it was learnt, occurred at about 11 am.
The deranged man identified as an indigene of Emede in Delta State was also discovered by the police to be in possession of pictures of prominent indigenes of the state, some kilogrammes of canabis and powdery substance suspected to be cocaine during a search carried out at a public bus stop structure he was using as a home.
It was learnt that the man popularly known as “Professor” gathered plastic and cartons to make fire and push it under the stationery lorry loaded with 33,000 litres of petroleum products.
Six fuel tankers, according to eyewitnesses, were waiting to discharge their consignment at the mega filling station.
“Before we knew it, we saw thick smoke and fire engulfing the tire of the oil tanker,” one of the eyewitnesses said.
It was learnt that some motorists, hawkers, workers at the filling station and the nearby church took to their heels for fear of possible explosion.
However, some motorists and workers were said to have made for the fire extinguishers in their cars and others at the filling station to put out the fire.
The deranged man reportedly took to his heel and boarded a tricycle popularly known as Keke Napep but was chased and apprehended.
Thereafter, angry mob descended on him but he was rescued following the intervention of men of special police patrol team, Operation Doo Akpor.