Following the tragic explosion of an illegal refinery in Abaezi community in the Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State that claimed the lives of over 100 persons, president Mohammed Buhari on Sunday in Abuja described the death of as a “catastrophe and a national disaster.”
He consequently directed the nation’s armed forces, security, and intelligence agencies to intensify the clampdown on illegal refineries.
According to a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari reacted to the incident by saying responsibility for the loss of lives and property must squarely lie with the sponsors of the illegal refinery, “who must all be caught and made to face justice.”
In the statement titled “Imo ‘Refinery’ deaths, a national disaster” the President conveyed “the condolences and the full depth and range of the nation’s shock and trauma” to the families of the victims, the Ohaji Egbema community, and the government and people of Imo State.
He, therefore, urged community leaders, the police, and the secret service to never allow the occurrence of the heart-breaking incident in any part of the country again.
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