A petrol tanker loaded with an unspecified volume of fuel has exploded in Nigeria causing heavy vehicular traffic in the West African nation.

The explosion occurred at the Iyaganku area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

According to media report, the tanker fell close to a petrol station on Friday, afternoon and eventually exploded, thereby causing panic among road users and residents of the area.

There were no casualties.

Roads leading to the scene of the explosion were said to have been cordoned off causing gridlock along the Dugbe, Ring Road, and Iyaganku areas in the state capital.

An eyewitness, who identified himself as Suraj Adewale, said the tanker fell around 12noon but it eventually caught fire about two hours later.

The Oyo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Uche Chukwura, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on the telephone.

The sector commander said, “A tanker fell this afternoon and it eventually caught fire. Our men are there to control the traffic.”

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