12 June 2015, Onitsha – The Chief Medical Director of Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, Anambra State, Dr. Emeka Eze, yesterday, attributed the high rate of death during the fuel tanker incident that occurred at Upper Iweka, area of Onitsha, about two weeks ago to stampede.
Speaking when the leader of Progressives People’s Alliance, PPA, in the state, Chief Godwin Ezeemo and the state party chairman, Ameke Mathias, visited the hospital to sympathize with victims hospitalized there, Dr. Eze said there were still corpses yet to be claimed by their relations because they could not be easily identified.
Eze, who noted that state government had sent pathologists to take samples of the dead, said the prompt intervention of both the Federal and state governments was an indication that the present leaders had the interest of their people at heart.
He also attributed burns to the increase in the death toll.
‘’We have deep isolation of the victims; they would have died if not that we isolated them.
’We heat up the rooms where they are kept because they have no skin in them and feel cold.”
Responding, Ezeemo said he felt bad when he heard of the incident and resolved to come and see some of the survivors.
To avoid future occurrence, he said the state government should look for an alternative location to avoid motor-parks being located along major roads.
“There should be a better way of locating the parks to avoid further occurrence,” he added.
Extending his sympathy to the Obi of Onitsha, HRM Alfred Achebe at his palace, Ezeemo urged him to use his position to prevail on the authorities to help look for better locations for motor- parks, instead of having them along the expressway.
“I am here to condole with you on the loss; I feel bad about it. I want you to use your position to appeal to the state government to relocate the parks, especially those at Upper Iweka,” he pleaded.