The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has commiserated with the people and government of Abia over the pipeline explosion which killed scores of people in the state.
This is contained in a statement issued from the Atiku Media Office on Wednesday, October 17, in Abuja.
The pipeline explosion claimed some lives and destroyed properties on October 12, in Umuimo and Umuaduru communities in Osisioma local government area, Abia.
The PDP candidate, who was represented by the vice presidential candidate and former Anambra governor, Peter Obi, visited the affected communities in the company of Abia governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, and other officials of the state.
According to Abubakar, the news of the explosion was very devastating and it is particularly touching that so many lives were lost to the incident.
He said that the fatal incident should raise the red flag for proper safety measures along all pipeline beds across the country.
Abubakar condoled with the government and people of Abia state, praying for families that lost dear ones to the incident to have the fortitude to bear the loses.
According to the statement, Abubakar donated the sum of N10 million to the government and people of the affected communities.
Other dignitaries who welcomed Obi include the deputy governor of Abia state, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Hon. Solomon
Akahi News earlier reported that the Abia command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) confirmed the death of 19 persons, following Friday’s pipeline explosion in two villages in Osisioma local government area of the state.
The state commander of the organisation, Benito Eze, confirmed the number of casualties to newsmen in Umuahia. Eze said that 16 persons, including one woman, died in the explosion that occurred around 2.47 a.m at Umuaduru Village in Umueze autonomous community.