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Onitsha Bridge Head Market inferno: Traders commend Soludo’s quick intervention



TRADERS at Ogbo Ogwu Market,  have commended Gov. Soludo of Anambra State for the quick intervention and for handling the evacuation of debris at the chemical and allied markets in Onitsha.

  Chairman of the market, Ndubuisi Chukwuleta, who made the commendation, said the market had been temporarily closed down to enable easy evacuation of the debris.

  Chukwuleta further disclosed that contrary to the previous report that four people were lost in the inferno; only three lives were confirmed dead while seven sustained different degrees of injuries.

  The chairman, who was flanked by members of his executives including his secretary, Chigozie Obiayo, assistant secretary, Benji Obiayo, provost, Bob Onyeke, treasurer, Ken Olisaeke. Chukwuleta and Chibuzo Anozie, said about 400 shops were razed down as a result of the inferno.

  “It was a terrible incident. The owner of the store where the explosion took place is still at large. The injured are still receiving treatment at different hospitals”. We are committed to their recovery.

  “We commend the state government for deploying bulldozers and heavy duty truck to clear the debris with supervision of Onitsha South Local Government Authority”.

  “We are pleading for assistance from politicians and groups as we are taking care of medical expenses of the victims”.

  Also speaking, the Secretary General, Sir Obiayo commended the police unit at the Bridge Head for the gallant effort in protecting the market and environs from vandals.

  Some members of the executive seen assisting in the evacuation include Emeka Nwogu, Clement Mache, Benjamin Ikebata, Samuel Nnanyelu, Samuel Ndibe, Sunday Igwe, Chris Umeh, Israel Onyebuchi, Ikejiofor and Ernest Nwafor.

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  National Light gathered that business activities will resume in the market this week.

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