Onitsha: Gov Obiano Commiserates with Victims, Sets up Panel

The Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano, while on visit to Ochanja Market Onitsha, commiserated with the affected victims of inferno caused by a petrol tanker, which burned 40 house, cars and humans.

The petrol tanker on Wednesday, fell into a drainage, spilling product into it, which later caught fire that spread and caused serious financial damages.



The fire also affected the popular Ochanja market, burnt many, including a woman and her baby.

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“Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State expresses sympathy to the families of a woman and a child burnt to death this afternoon in a fire accident in Onitsha. The fire also razed structures, including shops, on Upper Iweka Road, Onitsha and at Ochanja market.”

“The accident occurred when a tanker laden with petroleum products, fell into a ditch and spilled its contents. A ball of fire resulted from this incident and quickly spread.”


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

Governor Willie Obiano, saddened by the losses, instantly set up a Committee headed by the Deputy Governor to cushion the losses of the Victims.

Signed by the Anambra Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba, the committee is schedule to meet with the Victims on Monday, 21st October, to initiate proactive action.


“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.”


“A panel will be set up immediately to determine the cause of the accident, why the firemen could not put out the fire and how the condition of the victims can be ameliorated.”

The Governor prayed for the Souls of the departed and prayed to God to make this the last bad news in the state.


“Governor Obiano and his family pray for the repose of the souls of the woman and child who died in the accident. The Anambra 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 involved.”

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