Obiano commiserates with victims of Onitsha inferno

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has expresses sympathy to the families of a woman and a child burnt to death on Wednesday afternoon in a fire accident in Onitsha, the commercial city of the state.

Obiano who sympathises with the affected families in a statement signed by the state commissioner for information, Mr C. Don Adinuba and made available to Nigerian Tribune in Awka, said the accident occurred when a tanker laden with petroleum products, fell into a ditch and spilt its content. A ball of fire resulted from this incident and quickly spread.

“He said men of the Anambra State Fire Service arrived on the scene in good time with their new equipment. For some reason, however, they were unable to quench the inferno.

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“The angry mob on the scene prevented other fire trucks, including one from neighbouring Asaba in Delta State, from getting to the scene.

He said Governor Obiano regrets this unfortunate situation and has directed owners of properties affected by the tragic accident, including shop owners to report at Ekwueme Square on Friday, October 18, 2019, to see how the Anambra State Government can assist them.

And that a panel will be set up immediately to determine the cause of the accident in Onitsha, why the firemen could not put out the fire and how the condition of the victims can be ameliorated.

He said the State Government will assist their families during their burial.

“Government calls on Citizens especially those directly affected to remain calm in the face of this disaster as it will do all within its powers to ameliorate the suffering of those in the incident, he concluded.

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