Onitsha Fire : President Buhari Commiserates With Victims
By Olamide Fadoju
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commiserated with the victims of the Onitsha market fire.
The incident which occurred on Wednesday, started when a trailer loaded with petroleum product crashed, spilt its contents and caught fire. Report says two lives have been lost and properties destroyed.
The President in a series of tweet released via his Twitter handle @MBuhari sent his condolences and called for urgent steps to be taken on the issue of safety standards in Nigeria.
The tweet reads, “I extend my sympathies to all the victims of the explosion, whose houses, shops and other property were destroyed.
“I am calling for urgent action on the part of those concerned to stem these frequent fatal disasters on public roads. Safety precautions and routine maintenance, often taken for granted by vehicle owners, must be enforced.
“I call on the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Road Safety Commission and other stakeholders to urgently address the issue of safety standards in Nigeria, with a view to stemming the frequency of these tragedies. May the souls of the dead rest in peace Amen.”
Meanwhile, the Anambra state police command has released a statement on the unfortunate incident in Anambra on Wednesday.
According to the statement by the PPRO Anambra State Police Command SP Haruna Mohammed, the fire was caused by a petroleum tanker and Investigations are ongoing to ascertain more facts about the incident.
“a trailer loaded with petroleum product lost control at upper Iweka, along Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Onitsha and crashed inside a pavement in between the expressway.
“As a result, the fire spilled over through the gutter and affected many shops and houses.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP John B.Abang visited the scene for on the spot assessment and appealed to the residents to remain calm. Fire Service department was equally contacted.
“Meanwhile, a yet to be identified woman and her baby caught up by the inferno and burnt beyond recognition were rushed to Toronto hospital but certified dead by a medical doctor while receiving treatment.
“Consequently, Police patrol teams have cordoned off the area to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage to loot while effort is still ongoing to put off the fire.
“Case under investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident, please," the statement read.