Peter Obi Reacts To Ontisha Chemical Market Explosion
The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has reacted to the explosion at Ogbo Ogwu International Market, Bridge Head, Onitsha in Anambra State.
Naija News reports that the explosion took place around 12.10 pm on Tuesday when chemicals stored at the Science and Lab Line of Ogbo Ogwu market exploded.
It was gathered that the incident led to a stampede in the heavily populated market, which resulted in deaths and injuries.
A statement by the Director of the Anambra Fire Services, Martin Agbili, said 80 shops were affected by the chemical explosion.
Reacting in a tweet via his Twitter account on Tuesday, Obi expressed sadness over the loss of lives, many injuries, and material losses recorded in the incident.
He said the prevalent high temperature in the country, following the present dry season, was responsible for the frequent occurrence of fire outbreaks in the country.
The former Governor of Anambra state urged Nigerians to take more precautionary measures in handling possible explosives and highly inflammable objects during this season.
He wrote: “I just received the news of the inferno at Ogbo Ogwu International Market, Bridge Head, Onitsha, following a suspected chemical explosion in the area. I am saddened by the loss of lives, many injuries, and material losses recorded.
“I sincerely commiserate with the families who lost their loved ones in this ugly incident and pray for the quick recovery of the injured. May God grant eternal rest to the dead. In the past few days, we have had cases of fire outbreaks in different parts of the country.
“The prevalent high temperature in the country, following the present dry season, all contribute to the frequent occurrence of fire outbreaks.
“I urge everyone to take more precautionary measures in handling possible explosives and highly inflammable objects at these times and be more safety conscious in our individual environments. We need each other to live safely as one big family, marching into New Nigeria.”