Friday, 19 January 2018
Fire from illegal bunkering razes down COEWA filling station, others in Delta (PHOTOS)
Area of Delta State.Property worth millions of Naira were destroyed in the inferno.
This development has resulted to the arrest of the Chairman of the COEWA Senior Staff Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society, Chief Francis Ovierovie and the Manager of the filling station for questioning.
It was learnt that the fire started as a result of an illegal bunkering site allegedly operated by an unidentified woman behind the filling station.
An eyewitness who craved anonymity said the generator used in powering the place where the illegal product was allegedly being stored behind the filling station developed a fault and became too ho. Consequently, the drums containing illegal oil went up in flames.
The eyewitness stated that the fire overpowered them and the management of the filling station failed to call for help.
The eyewitness said,”It took the swift intervention of the Delta State Fire Service and the Divisional Police Officer,”B” Division in Warri, CSP Anieteh Eyoh ,to put off the fire and saved same from spreading to other parts of the school premises.
It’s yet to be revealed whether officials of the college are involved in the illegal bunkering business taking place behind the college.
The Warri South Council Chairman, Hon. Michael Tidi who visited the scene of the incident said, “It’s a very pathetic situation. It’s an emergency situation.”
According to Hon. Tidi,”I can’t believe such a thing can be done inside town. In fact, this is the height of mischief because this is a filling station here. Behind, they do this thing. This is disheartening.”
Contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the College of Education who refused to disclose her name said,”If they are doing anything contrary to why they are there, it is not before this Office,” just as she referred Journalists to the Provost of the College.
The Provost of the College, Prof. Mary Edema also asked DAILY POSt to speak with the Registrar saying,”I don’t have knowledge of the happenings there.”