Victims and landlords of last week fire disaster in Onitsha, Anambra State, have cried out that they have not received any money or donation from th numerous Nigerians who visited the scene to commiserate with them.
This was made known to newsmen when victims who disclosed this when they stormed the office of Chairman of Onitsha South Local Government Area, Mr. Emeka Asoanya, saying they only got a cheque of N1million and nothing more from the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who visited the scene last week.
Narrating their ordeal, spokespersons of the victims, Mr. Anthony, Chinedu Okonkwo, and Chief Uchenna Udaegbe, who broke down in tears while addressing the chairman, challenged any politician or other good spirited individuals that claimed they gave the victims money, to say who they gave such money to because, according them, they never received any.
According to him, the public was misinformed that the fire gutted Ochanja market, while it was about eight plazas and residential houses close to the market that were burnt completely, saying those who visited the place were diverted to Ochanja market where little or nothing happened without going to the main place the fire destroyed.
The victims said the main place the fire gutted were plazas at No.24 and No.25 Emordi Street, No. 59b Amobi Street and Zik Avenue and not necessarily Ochanja market as was generally believed, calling on the leadership of Ochanja market to account for the money donated by good-spirited Nigerians to the victims.