The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, today, visited the casualties of a petrol fire explosion that occurred on Atani Road in the outskirts of Onitsha, the largest commercial city in South East Nigeria, last night.
The governor who arrived Toronto Hospital, Onitsha where thirteen people who sustained various degrees of burns in the explosion which was erroneously speculated to be a bomb with his aides was quick to allay the fears of the residents on the incident and assure them that the state was safe.
He regretted that because of the prevailing scarcity of petrol, Nigerians had resorted to storing fuel in jerry cans in residential areas thereby exposing themselves to extreme danger and warned the people to desist from the habit of storing petrol in their homes as the consequences were often dire.
He advised Ndi Anambra to demonstrate greater safety consciousness by keeping all inflammable items away from their homes to avoid unpleasant occurrences.
The Governor also undertook to offset the medical bills of the casualties.
Also speaking at the hospital, Dr. Madu Nwankwo, a resident physician with Toronto Hospital explained that the victims who were rushed to the hospital at midnight on Tuesday sustained mostly superficial burns and assured that the casualties were all in a stable condition.
Three casualties, two females aged 30 and 17 and a 25 year-old male were seen receiving attention at the hospital.
The explosion was reported to have occurred in a settlement known as Kara Market which is located along the Iyiowa axis of Atani Road.