Tanker crash: Nigerians again rush for fuel

2012-07-20 19:25
Residents of a Nigerian state have raced to scoop fuel from damaged oil tankers, a week after more than 100 people in the area were burnt to death while doing the same thing. (AFP)

Residents of a Nigerian state have raced to scoop fuel from damaged oil tankers, a week after more than 100 people in the area were burnt to death while doing the same thing. (AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Harcourt - Residents of a Nigerian state raced to scoop fuel from damaged oil tankers on Friday, a week after more than 100 people in the area were burnt to death while doing the same thing.

After a tanker overturned last week in the southern Rivers state, hundreds rushed to the scene to collect the spilling fuel. At least 104 died when the crash site caught fire.

On Friday, five petrol tankers were involved in an accident in Rivers state's Eneka area and residents again "rushed to the scene to scoop fuel, but were forcefully stopped" by the military, said Yushau Shuaib, spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency.

The head of the agency's operations in the area, Emenike Umesi, said the repeat behaviour a week after a major catastrophe was extremely worrying.

"Especially because of the fact that I have been on air every day of the week talking about how dangerous this is," Umesi told AFP.

He rejected the notion that poverty in a country where most people live on less than $2 a day led residents to take such risks.

"Some of the people who died in the last incident owned shops. Some had cows.... If you are the kind of person who can own a shop and take care of himself there is no reason for you to engage in this behaviour," he said.

"It's not poverty. The problem is attitude. People like to take what does not belong to them."

Dozens were also injured in the fire last week, which Rivers Governor Chibuike Amaechi called "an avoidable tragedy".

- SAPA
Read more on:    nigeria  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
When is a mountain more than just a mountain? 2014-12-18 07:26

When it’s an adventure! A group of Old Mutual employees found out how much is enough courage, endurance and camaraderie to take on Africa's highest peak.

/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.