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Onitsha Explosion: Anambra To Offset Bills Of Victims

Posted: May 5, 2016 at 9:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


Chukwujekwu Ilozue



Mr. Willie Obiano, Anambra State, on Wednesday, visited the victims of the explosion that occurred at an Hausa settlement along Atani Road in Ogbaru Local Council Area near Onitsha and pledged that his government would offset the cost of treatment for the 12 victims.

Obiano visited some of the injured persons receiving treatment at a private Hospital in Onitsha.

At the hospital, three persons were receiving treatment; two females aged 30 and 17 and a 25-year-old male.

Speaking after visiting the victims, Governor Obiano regretted that due to the scarcity of petrol, people were buying fuel in jerry cans and storing them up in their homes, a development he noted exposed them to fire accident.

Governor Obiano while appealing to the public to desist from such act, further urged them to imbibe safety habits so as to prevent wanton destruction of lives and property resulting from avoidable mistakes.

Residents around the Kara settlement area where the explosion occurred on Wednesday said that the violent manner the explosion shook buildings around the area and the deep wounds inflicted on the victims made it difficult to believe that it was caused by a jerry can of fuel in a restaurant.

One of the residents of the area who pleaded anonymity told Independent: “I suspect it is a local explosive device.

“If it is fuel, it would have burnt the shades and residential area down. A small gallon of fuel could not have caused such burns,” he said.

However, the Police insisted that a keg of petrol caused the explosion. In fact, Ali Okechukwu, a Deputy Superintendent, Police spokesman in Anambra, told Independent that “the explosion was not from bomb as being speculated by people.”

He said: “A jerry can of petrol that was brought to the settlement exploded around the area and some people sustained various degrees of burns,” Okechukwu said.