Ibadan - Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has assured victims of Monday’s fire incident at Omitowoju area of Ibadan of compensation.
Ajimobi gave the assurance when he visited the area on Tuesday to ascertain the extent of damage caused by the inferno.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a fuel-laden tanker had ran into a ditch while manoeuvring through the area, spilling its content and bursting into flames.
NAN also reports that 16 houses and 26 shops were said to have been consumed in the inferno.
Ajimobi directed that the names of all affected persons should be compiled for government to workout palliative measures that would cushion the effect of their losses.
He, however, warned against frivolous claims by those who were not affected, adding that government would not entertain fictitious names.
Ajimobi described the incident as an act of God and urged the victims not to be discouraged.
He also warned residents against storing fuel and other combustible items in their houses to prevent fire incidents.
The governor further advised residents against erecting structures close to the main road to avoid auto-accidents.
Three residents-- Sunday Ologunde, Sakiru Ajani and Madam Munirat Adelani--appealed to government to ban tankers and other heavy duty vehicles from plying certain roads in the metropolis.
They claimed that the roads in the area were neighbourhood roads that were too narrow and dangerous for such trucks.