An explosion caused by a fuel tanker has killed one person and destroyed properties at Polo Roundabout in the Jos metropolis, Plateau State.
It gathered that the explosion occurred in the early hours of Thursday (today).
It was also gathered that the deceased, Buba, is said to be the driver of the tanker and was on his way to Gombe State from Agbara in Ogun State.
The vehicle conductor, Waheed, is said to be in a critical condition at Bingham Teaching Hospital, Jos.
According to an eyewitness, one Amos Dang, “the petrol tanker fell and exploded into the premises of the University of Jos Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which is opposite the Polo Roundabout, destroying some buildings.”
He added that the fire lasted for hours with unsuccessful attempts by residents to put it out. He added that it affected some shops around Gada Biyu motor park.
Dang said, “A lifeless body (Buba) was later discovered in a gutter in the morning with speculation that it could be the driver of the tanker
“Infact, the saving grace is that the incident occured at the time when most people had closed for business of the day as such there was no serious casualty which would have been if it happened during the day.”
When contacted, the spokesman of the State Police Command, DSP Alabo Alfred, said, “We are aware that there was an accident at Polo roundabout of Jos metropolis.
“But as I speak, I can’t tell you what really led to the incident, because investigation is ongoing, so details will come from the DPO in charge of that area, and once we receive that we will gladly oblige you the details,” he assured.