On Saturday, February 19, a 29-year-old petrol tank installer named Ahmed choked to death while working on a fuel tank at a filling station along Offa garage road in the Kwara State capital.
In a statement released on Sunday, February 20, Hassan Adekunle, spokesman for the Kwara State Fire Service, verified the incident that occurred opposite Adisco office, Ajase-Ipo Road, Ilorin.
The man was believed to have traveled from Ibadan with his supervisor for the job, but he suffocated and died while performing maintenance on a malfunctioning petrol tank at the filling station.
Fire service were able to extricate the body from the tank and deliver it to his boss, Abdulbasit Oladimeji. It was also discovered that the deceased did not put on the required safety equipment before starting the job.
The statement was as follows:
“A 29-year-old tank installer/maintainer called Ahmed was recovered dead from petrol tank at a popular filling station in Ilorin, capital of Kwara.
“The terrible incident occurred last night at about 19:25hrs, No. 157 Bovas Filling Station opposite Adisco Ajase-Ipo Road, Ilorin.
“The victim man actually came from Ibadan with his boss for the job. While they were performing the maintenance work inside the petrol tank at the filling station, he suddenly got suffocated and eventually died in the tank.
“However, firemen were able to evacuate the body from the tank and handed over to his boss, Mr Abdulbasit Oladimeji.
“Report says the casualty was too careless for his life without putting on the necessary safety gear before he engaged on the work.”