Sen. Hope Uzodimma, Governor of Imo State, has expressed his condolences to the families who lost loved ones in Saturday’s ill-fated oil bunkering disaster in Ohaji/Egbema, adding that he joins the host community in mourning their loss.
Gov. Hope Uzodimma expressed his sadness over the incident in a statement signed by DG Hope New Media Center, Dr Ezeafurukwe Paul Ihunanya, describing it as an unfortunate occurrence that underscores the foundation of his fight against crime and criminality, as well as his visible stand against economic sabotage in the State.
He expressed his concern about why people would continue to engage in such a dangerous crime knowing that the consequences could cost them their lives, and he called for a halt by those who are involved, as well as urged those considering engaging in the illegal venture to refrain from doing so in order to save lives.
Gov. Uzodimma reiterated that his administration, from inception, has been waging war against illegal oil bunkering in the state and it has continued to yield positive results despite some criminal elements still indulging in the illicit act.
He further warned that his administration will no longer take it lightly on those operating illegal refineries in the State as well as those patronizing them and he has instructed security operatives to comb the area to ensure that those operating in their hideouts are arrested and prosecuted to avert a reoccurrence.
In the meantime, Gov. Hope Uzodimma has directed the state Commissioner for Petroleum, Rt. Hon. Good luck Nana Opiah undertaking an assessment of the level of damage caused by the explosion in the area and promised to implement all necessary measures to avert any further reoccurrence.