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There were no casualties recorded due to the driver’s bravery and courage.

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has recommended a brave tanker driver identified as Ejiro Otarigho to President Muhammadu Buhari for National Honour. In a bid to avert a tragic fire incident that would have cost numerous lives and properties, Mr Otarigho on Friday, June 10, 2022, in Agbarho Town, Delta State, drove a burning tanker from the danger zone to a safe area.

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Nigeria’s Senate House resolved to
“Recommend Mr Ejiro Otarigho to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, for a befitting National Honour as Mr President may deem fit for his extraordinary act of bravery, courage and skill that prevented the loss of human lives and property on a massive scale.”
National Honours : Senate To Honour Brave Tanker Driver For Averting  Catastrophe

Apart from recommending MrOtarigho for National Honour, the Senate also resolved to “invite Mr Ejiro Otarigho to the Chamber of the Senate for public commendation by the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan.’’

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The Resolutions of the Senate were sequel to a motion raised by Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central). Senator James Manager (PDP, Delta South) and Senator Peter Nwaoboshi (APC, Delta North), co-sponsored the motion.

Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President OvieOmo-Agege stated that the tanker driver’s

“extraordinary display of courage, reflex application of special driving skills, and a huge risk to his own life prevented a huge national tragedy and catastrophe by driving a burning tanker loaded with inflammable petroleum products from residential areas to safety so that thousands of our people may not die in an inferno that would also have consumed so much property in Agbarho, Delta State on Friday, June 10, 2022.”

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Reacting to the resolutions, Nigeria’s Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan hailed Mr Ejiro Otarigho for putting his life at risk by driving the burning truck out of the residential area in other to avoid casualties.


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This article was first published on 20th June 2022


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