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Pandemonium broke out in Ayetoro area of Ogun state when a filling station located beside the Yewa North Local Government Secretariat exploded and left a few residents fatally injured
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the station identified as Olub petrol station gutted fire in the early hours of Monday.
While the cause of the explosion was unknown as at the time of filing this report, PLATFORM TIMES learnt that the Ogun State Fire Service were unable to respond to distress calls due to a reported faulty vehicle.
Findings by PLATFORM TIMES reporter revealed that when the Fire service was contacted, it claimed the service vehicle was faulty.
A source told PLATFORM TIMES that despite intervention by the secretary to the local government, the Fire Service failed to come to the rescue of the people.
PLATFORM TIMES however learnt that this has led to panic among the residents of the community as the fire at the exploded station has not been quenched as at the time of filling this report.
The source said, “the petrol station exploded, two people were rumored died during the explosion. The secretary of the local government was at the Secretariat around time on the issue of certificate that we were trying to do.
“The petrol station is in Ayetoro beside local government Secretariat, Olub filling Station. It belongs to Late Wale Bajomo
“The fire service was called, but they claimed their vehicle is bad that they can’t come.
“They claimed they don’t have motor and vehicle. It sounded like bomb when the thing happened.”
Meanwhile, the Yewa Youth Patriotic Forum has described the incident as pathetic and uncalled for.
The group in a statement by its president, Sanni Omobolaji expressed displeasure over the unprofessional attitude of the Fire service called during the explosion.
He noted that the Dapo Abiodun-led government has failed in discharging its duties by proving emergency response to distress call.
Omobolaji in the statement said, “yes, we understand this is an accident which may be sometimes unforeseen, but our ability to put preventive measures in place is what is called leadership. And this brings us to the government; a responsible government will not wait till an accident occurs.
“If the government can not render emergency response after an accident, it tells us how much that government and its officials have failed.
“We were more than shocked when the fire fighters declined distress calls on the grounds of faulty vehicles and operational deficiencies. It leaves us with the question of, do we have a government in Ogun state?
“How can this be possibly happening? Again we are begging Governor Dapo Abiodun to wade into this terrible situation at the fire station in Ayetoro incase of eventualities in the future.
“Recently the government came out publicly to say it will commission four fire stations without any close to our domain. Who did we offend? Or has the government forsaken us in Yewa land most especially in Yewa north and it environs.
“We are raising alarms now in a civil way as the Omoluabi that we are before we get pushed to the wall.”