On the night of Thursday, February 16, 2017, the commercial city of Onitsha was in panic as a tanker explosion fire incident burnt down Mobil Filling Station opposite Dennis Memorial Grammar School (DMGS), Onitsha. The incident destroyed two other filing stations in line and burnt down about fifteen residential buildings and over thirty vehicles parked on different locations of Oguta and Upper New Roads Onitsha.
According to investigations, the fire incidents started about 8 pm when a petrol tanker descending from Awka road in Onitsha experienced brake failure and landed inside Mobil filling Station where it exploded and burnt down the petrol station together with about fifteen residential building, cars, and other two filling stations close by.
“I am sad and bitter, am angry with my sister who represents this constituency when she says this matters should not be used to play politics, what is politics, how can a whole state not have functional Fire Service Station, why must we always rely on delta State Fire Service men that always come from Asaba to rescue Anambra people and their property anytime we have fire outbreak,” Dr Alex Obiogbolu, a state governorship aspirant with PDP, said.
Dr Obiogbolu blamed Anambra State government and the state House of Assembly for not budgeting any dime for the State Fire Service when over 300 million naira was budgeted for purchasing of cars for the state legislatures.
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