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Fubara Visits Scene Of Rivers Fire Disaster, Promises Compensation

The Governor of Rivers State, Siminalayi Fubara has visited the site of the tanker explosion that killed an unconfirmed number of persons in Eleme Local Government Area of the state.

Saturday Telegraph reports that the inferno, which occurred on Friday night, engulfed over 50 vehicles, with some bodies found burnt beyond recognition in cars, along the road, and in a nearby drainage.

Fubara, accompanied by the Commissioner for Police, Olatunji Disu, and the Commissioner for Energy, Maximus Nwafor, to the explosion site, directed security agencies to conduct a thorough assessment of the accidents to facilitate the provision of aid to victims’ families.

The Governor also lamented the deteriorating condition of the Eleme section of the East-West road, stressing commuters are plying the road with caution.


He said, “Yesterday around 7-8 pm, we got information about a very serious inferno that was caused by a tanker conveying PMS.

“I got the information through the MD of Indorama and immediately alerted the security agencies. From what we are seeing this morning, it was not a very pleasant case.

“We recorded, from what I am seeing, a huge number of vehicles being destroyed and souls lost.

I have already asked the security agencies to give us a full brief.

So that we can come into the situation fully by seeing how much we can support the families of the bereaved and see how we can cushion the effect of the losses.

“We all know the situation of this road; it is really really unfortunate. Most of our people when plying this road do so with caution.”

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