The Lagos State Police Command on Friday said it had arrested one Hassan Maiwake, the owner of the fuel-laden tanker that caused the explosion on Otedola Bridge, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The command stated that the owner of the tanker with the number plate, NSR 888 YQ, was apprehended in Kano State.
Since the incident occurred, the Police have been on the trail of owner of the truck until he was apprehended by detectives of the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Yaba.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chile Oti, a Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP who confirmed the arrest, said:
”Homicide detectives from SCIID, assigned to investigate the multi fatal motor accident that occurred on June 28, 2018, along Lagos/Ibadan expressway by Otedola bridge, inward Ibadan, have arrested the truck owner, identified as Hassan Yusuf Maiwake.
”The truck with registration number NSR 888 YQ, driven by a yet to be identified suspect, laden with petroleum product, lost control, spilling its content and went up in flame, burning 56 vehicles and killing 9 unidentified persons.
“The CP assures that the Command will do all it can to help families who lost their beloved ones in the accident, find a closure by ensuring that anyone found culpable is brought to book.
“DNA test to ascertain the true identities of the charred remains of the victims is ongoing. Further development will be communicated to Lagosians”.