Atiku Abubakar reportedly has donated N10 million for the rehabilitation of the survivors of the recent pipeline explosion in Abia State, which killed scores of people.
According to Punch, Atiku was represented by the vice presidential candidate and former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, who visited the affected communities in company with Abia Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and other officials of the state, to commiserate with the people following the October 12 in Umuimo and Umuaduru communities in Osisioma Local Government Area of Abia State.
Recall that fire broke out when some residents attempted to scoop fuel from a wrecked pipeline.
Addressing journalists on Monday at his office in Umuahia, the state capital, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Anthony Ogbizi, said no fewer than 20 people died in the fire incident.
The police chief further disclosed that the Command has launched an investigation to ascertain why petroleum product was pumped into the pipeline which was said to be undergoing maintenance. “We can’t give you an accurate number now. On the whole, for now, we can put the death doll at 24,” he said.
Now, condolences and support are being made, with Atiku giving the communities affected N10m.
Punch adds that other dignitaries who welcomed Obi include the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ude Oko Chukwu; Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Hon. Solomon Adaelu.