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Onitsha fire outbreak/Twitter

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Peter Obi, has donated N2m to victims of the fire incident in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Concise News reports that the incident took place last week Wednesday when a tanker laden with premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol, fell into a ditch and began to spill its contents.

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A ball of fire resulted from this incident and quickly spread.

Men of the Anambra State Fire Service arrived at the scene with their equipment but were unable to quench the inferno as the mob on the scene prevented other fire trucks, including one from neighbouring Asaba in Delta State, from getting to the scene.

And over the weekend, Obi, a former Governor of Anambra, visited the Ochanja and Iweka markets.

He visited the markets alongside some members of the main opposition PDP.

Obi tweeted a video of himself and his entourage visiting the affected markets.

“Over the weekend, alongside distinguished members of the PDP,” he tweeted, “I paid a solidarity visit to Ochanja & Upper Iweka markets in Onitsha, following the fuel tanker explosion fire that ravaged the area.

“In addition, I donated N2m for immediate treatment of the affected.”

FG Makes Pledge

The Federal Government has assured victims of the fire incident at the Onitsha market of its support towards ameliorating their plights.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq, gave the assurance on Friday in Onitsha when she visited the market to ascertain the level of damage.

Umar-Farouq said she was pained at the level of losses incurred by the traders as well as the damage caused by the inferno.

“We are here on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, who directed that the ministry should come and condole the government and people of Anambra, especially the Ochanja Market traders mostly affected by the fire incident,” the minister said.

“I came here with sadness and utmost priority. Billions of naira have been lost by this fire incident.

“I have directed the acting Director-General of NEMA to immediately send relief materials through the South-East zonal office to the affected victims of the incident.”