Road commuters were forced to continue their trip by foot because of the long delay.
On Thursday, April 7, 2016, an accident involving two trucks carrying petrol and black oil occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The road commuters were said to have grown frustrated due to the long traffic gridlock that resulted from the accident.
However, the accident happened to be a source of joy to local residents in the Asese end of the expressway.
They were said to have used the opportunity to fill their jerry-cans with the petrol that had poured out of one of the trucks.
Even the soldiers that were at the scene to help maintain order also took some of the spilling petrol.
This however angered the residents, who have been helping themselves without any obstruction before the arrival of the soldiers.
One of the residents commented on this saying, “Before the soldiers arrived, people had been scooping fuel without any hindrance. The manager of a filling station nearby also scooped many litres of fuel.”
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, was also at the scene. He was caught in the traffic while returning from a trip to Lagos.
Amosun used the opportunity to allay the fear of the residents in respect to the availability of petrol.
He said, “There is no cause for alarm. There is fuel now in the country; so please be calm and maintain the peace.”
The Minister of Petroleum Resources , Mr. Ibe Kachikwu, had promised Nigerians that shortages of petrol would cease from Thursday, April 7, 2016, but that has not been the case in most parts of the country.