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Otedola bridge fire: Police arrest truck owner

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By Evelyn Usman
The Lagos State Police Command has arrested owner of the truck conveying the 33,000 fuel tanker that exploded last month on Otedola bridge in Lagos.

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The vehicles caught in the petrol tanker fire on the Otedola bridge in Lagos

Recall that nine persons were burnt to death and several vehicles burnt.

Since the incident occurred, the Police have been on the trail of owner of the truck until he was apprehended by detectives of the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Yaba.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chile Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP who confirmed the arrest, said ” Homicide detectives from SCIID , assigned to investigate the multi fatal motor accident that occurred on June 28, 2018, along Lagos/Ibadan expressway by Otedola bridge, inward Ibadan, have arrested the truck owner, identified as Hassan Yusuf Maiwake.

” The truck with registration number NSR 888 YQ, driven by a yet to be identified suspect, laden with petroleum product, lost control, spilling its content and went up in flame, burning 56 vehicles and killing 9 unidentified persons. Meanwhile, the owner of the truck, Hassan Maikwe of 16 Hotoro Limawa, Kano state, was arrested yesterday, (July 26, 2018) in Kano and he is now helping the police in its effort to locate the driver of the ill-fated truck.

“The CP assures that the Command will do all it can to help families who lost their beloved ones in the accident, find a closure by ensuring that anyone found culpable is brought to book.

“DNA test to ascertain the true identities of the charred remains of the victims is ongoing. Further development will be communicated to Lagosians”.

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