The Police in Anambra have confirmed the death of two persons, a mother and her child who were burnt beyond recognition in the Onitsha tanker explosion.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the death in a statement issued to journalists in Awka.
Mohammed said that the bodies of the unidentified woman and her baby, who were burnt beyond recognition by the inferno, had been deposited at the Toronto Hospital, Onitsha.
“The petroleum product later caught fire and affected many shops and houses,” he said.
The police spokesperson said that the Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Mr John Abang, had visited the scene for on the spot assessment.
Haruna appealed to residents of Onitsha to remain calm while men of the Fire Service department combat the fire.
The PPRO said that consequent upon the unruly conduct of some street boys, the police patrol teams had cordoned off the area to prevent hoodlums from taking advantage to loot while efforts were still ongoing to put out the fire.