By Frank Oshanugor
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, mid-day Friday, visited the scene of a fire incident that occurred on Thursday 17th June, 2021, at about 10pm, at OPIC Building, by Sheraton Hotels, along Mobolaji Bank Anthony, Ikeja-Lagos.
Preliminary investigation revealed that one LPG (gas) tanker, which was moving along the route, developed a fault (leakage) and parked in front of the OPIC Buiding before it caught fire that spread all over the OPIC complex, burning some vehicles and property therein.
The Police boss, who visited the scene in the company of some police officers and other security and safety agents like Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA and NSCDC, assessed the scene and ordered for immediate dispersal of suspected looters who might want to capitalise on the incident to loot goods and other items in the complex.
In addition, the commissioner deployed more police personnel to the scene so as to forestall any act of criminality and breakdown of law and order as the scene was largely crowded.
He further liaised with the Lagos State Fire Service and other safety agencies on how the scene will be cordoned off and secured for further investigation.
It was ascertained that thirteen (13) persons were injured during the incident and they have been taken to the hospital for proper medical attention.
During his visit to the scene, Odumosu confirmed that three lifeless bodies of some identified staffers at the complex were discovered and evacuated from the scene on Friday.
He further stated that two victims of the incident, that were rushed to the hospital have passed on; and 25 vehicles were burnt within the premises.
The police boss also promised to institute a thorough investigation into the incident as he ordered for interrogation of the driver and owner of the said LPG truck that caused the leakage and inferno.
Equally, the Commissioner of Police, has commended the police, the general public and other security and safety agencies for their efforts towards quenching the inferno on time and saving many lives and property.