The Anambra State Police has confirmed the death of two persons, a mother and her child were burnt beyond recognition in the Onitsha tanker explosion.
Naija News reports that the Onitsha tanker explosion occurred in the evening hours of Wednesday, October 16.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the death in a statement obtained by Naija News on Wednesday.
Mohammed said that the bodies of the unidentified woman and her baby, who were burnt beyond recognition by the inferno, had been deposited at the Toronto Hospital, Onitsha.
“The petroleum product later caught fire and affected many shops and houses,” he said.
This online news platform understands that the police spokesperson made the comment when he visited the scene of the ugly incident.
The spokesman said the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Mr John Abang, had visited the scene for on the spot assessment.
Haruna appealed to residents of Onitsha to remain calm while men of the Fire Service department combat the fire.
The PPRO said that consequent upon the unruly conduct of some street boys, the police patrol teams had cordoned off the area to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage to loot while efforts were still ongoing to put out the fire.