TRAGIC NEWS: 7 Killed, 25 Houses Razed…As Petrol Tanker Ran Into Residential Buildings In Igwuruta Community, Rivers State

Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, his wife Judith and Commissioner for Health, Sampson Parker at the scene of the accident at Igwuruta Roundabout, Rivers State, Saturday [Mar. 17].

Do we really value lives in this part of the world at all? This is a tragic report from the Sunday Mirror as culled below, so SAD;

About seven people were feared killed in the early hours of yesterday morning [Mar. 17] when a tanker, loaded with substance believed to be petroleum products ran into residential buildings in Igwuruta, a community along the Owerri-Port Harcourt road. About 25 houses were burnt in the incident which happened close to the Port Harcourt International Airport in Rivers State.

The dead include a family of five comprising the father, mother and three children.

DSP Ben Ugwuegbulam, Rivers Police Command Public Relations Officer (PRO) while acknowledging the incident would not confirm the number of casualties. He noted that the police were still investigating the matter.

Eyewitnesses told Sunday Mirror that several people died while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed in the incident. Youths of the community embittered by what they perceived as the not-so-quick response of the fire service personnel descended on the fire-fighting vehicles and vandalized two of them before the intervention of a team of police and military men.

An eyewitness, Emmanuel Enechi, said he saw the tanker at top speed from the Port Harcourt end of the expressway. He added that the driver lost control while negotiating the Igwuruta roundabout and ran into houses before exploding into flames.

''I shouted and people started coming for help. There was a family of five living here. None of them survived the fire. They all died in the fire. A husband, his wife and three children all died'', he lamented.

The state governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has expressed his heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the tragic fire incident.

''It is so disastrous. I hear an entire family is gone, husband, wife and their children. Now look at the level of damage'', Governor Amaechi mourned. The Rivers State Chief Executive was close to tears as he inspected the scene of the accident. He pledged his administration's readiness to provide necessary assistance to the families of those affected by the fire. He also expressed his government's determination to reduce drivers’ recklessness on the roads.

Governor Amaechi further said, we must reduce the level of irresponsibility of some road users. I have just directed the Commissioner for Special Duties to identify the families and let us see how much we can assist them.

The Scene of the Inferno...
One of the affected house...

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