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CD demands compensation for Umunya accident victims

By Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—Campaign for Democracy (CD),  yesterday demanded compensation for the families of the 80 people burnt to death at Umunya along Onitsha Enugu expressway, last month.

About 80 people were reported burnt to death along the Onitsha/ Enugu Expressway, when a petrol tanker fell on a failed portion of the road  at Umunya, exploded and burnt eight buses and the passengers in the buses.

Chairman of Anambra State chapter of CD, Mr. Uzor Uzor in a letter to President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and the Minister of Works, said that the accident was as a result of the failure of the Federal Government to maintain federal roads in the South East, adding that the deplorable state of the roads had continued to claim lives and property in the area.

According to him, the 80 people were mostly junior secondary school students,  who were returning from their annual school excursion, while about 20 of them were going for a burial ceremony in Enugu, adding that the effect of the incident had devastated the families of the victims.

Some of victims, who were lucky to escape, did so with various degrees of burns, the group noted, adding that they are still languishing in hospitals, where they  have been abandoned to their fate, adding that every responsible government should protect its citizenry from unnecessary exposure to danger .


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