3 grabbed for stealing from victims of Madina Atomic gas explosion

arrestThree persons including a nursing mother have been arrested for allegedly looting the wares of traders during the twin gas explosion at Mensco gas filling station at Atomic Junction, near Madina, in Accra last Saturday.

Yaw Badu, 24, Ibrahim Mahama, 23 and Majeed Abdulai,26 are in the custody of the police assisting in investigations.

The Accra Regional Police Command, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Effia Tenge disclosed this to the Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.

She said on  October 7, last Saturday evening during the explosion, the three took advantage of the situation and stole from traders  who had fled the scene, and abandoned their wares.

She said the police arrested them in the act when they were stealing car batteries from cars parked close to the scene of the explostion

ASP Tenge said the suspects would be put before court soon for stealing.

She cautioned the public not to take advantage of the situation to steal from the scene,adding that culprits who are caught in the act will be arrested and prosecuted.

Seven people were confirmed dead and 132 others were injured in a twin gas explosion at the Mensco gas filling station at Atomic Junction near Madina in Accra.

The explosion left in its wake 18 burnt vehicles at the filling station and a nearby public transport station while the structures of the filling station and an adjacent Total filling station were completely destroyed.

Other property including wares of hawkers along the road, high tension electrical installations and bill boards were consumed by the fire.

The incident which occurred on Saturday evening attracted the Vice President Dr Mahammudu Bowumia and other government officials including the National Security Minister, Mr Kan Dapaah,Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery,the Deputy National Coordinator of the National Disaster  Management Organisation, Abu Ramadan and the Municipal Chief Executive of La Nkwantanang-Madina,Ms Jennifer Afagbedzi.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi


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