Three persons including a mother and daughter have been burnt to death after a tanker loaded with Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol, exploded in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The tanker exploded around Oju Irin in the Lafenwa area of Abeokuta.

Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, the Spokesperson, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), said shops in the area were affected by the fire.

He said the tanker was engulfed in fire due to the uncooperative attitude of people around the axis who were scooping fuel.

According to him, the tanker, due to an axle problem overturned around 4:45 am while making its way inbound Rounder from Oju-Irin, Lafenwa, spilling its content on the road.

He advised the general public to vacate the vicinity, saying that TRACE, police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Fire Service were all on the ground to put the situation under control.

“Moreover, the motoring public going inward Rounder axis from Lafenwa, should use Olomore and Oke-Ata axis respectively as alternative routes, since traffic has been diverted away from the area of the incident,” he said.

Akinbiyi stated that further information would be provided to the media as soon as possible.

Mr Ahmed Umar, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, also confirmed the incident, saying that officers of the command are around to control traffic.