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Why I took the risk to drive burning tanker – Driver


The driver that drove a burning oil tanker to safety in Agbarho in Ughelli North Local Government Area, Mr Ejiro Otarigho has explained why he decided to take the risk for his life saving action.

He made the explanation after his thanks giving to God on the incident at Living Faith Bible Church (aka Winners Chapel) Agbarho Parish on Sunday  June 12, 2022.

“I decided to take the risk because as a native of this community, I do not want to be linked with a disaster that claimed lives and destroyed properties.

“I decided to die alone. Hence I told my motor boy to jump out of the burning vehicle, “he added.

President General of Agbarho Urhobo Improvement Development Improvement Union, Chief Igho M Odiphiri has earlier called for honour and appreciation for Mr Ejiro Otarigho.

Odiphiri noted that the sheer act of bravery of the driver of the oil tanker, saved several lives and properties worth several billions of naira.

He therefore posited that Mr Otarigho deserved an award and appreciation from all levels of governments, corporate organisations and public spirited individuals.

The President General of Agbarho Urhobo Improvement Development Union disclosed that the community was in appreciation to the said driver of the oil tanker hence himself and a cross section of the community accompanied the driver for the thanks giving service.

Otarigho after Chief Odiphiri media chat with our correspondent, noted that it was an honour for the people of the community to support him in the thanks giving service.

It would be recalled that on Friday 10th June, 2022, the oil tanker caught fire in a densely populated area in Agbarho.

Not minding the danger, the driver drove the burning oil tanker to a long distance bushy area for safety before jumping out of the ill-fated vehicle.

A resident of the area present at the time of the media chat, Duke Okotete stated that such act of heroism could only been seen in an American action movie

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