I’m deeply hurt by death – President

President Akufo-Addo(second from left))with other government officials consoling a victim of the gas explosion at the hospital..

President Akufo-Addo(second from left))with other government officials consoling a victim of the gas explosion at the hospital

One of the seven people who lost their lives in the unfortunate fuel and gas explosion at Atomic Junction last Saturday in Accra has been identified as Mohammed Ashiley Yakubu, a cameraman at Net 2 Television.

Mr Yakubu, who is a member of the Presidential Press Corps, died in the explosion at the fuel station while he was filming the incident.

His family and workers yesterday called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to inform him of the unfortunate demise of Mr Ashiley.

The Chief Executive Officer of Ken City Media, operators of Net 2 Television and Oman FM, Stella Agyapong, who narrated the incident said when the first gas explosion occurred, Mohammed picked his personal camera and rushed to the scene.

She said the deceased was filming the first explosion from a bridge when the second explosion, which happened near where he was standing, occurred.

“Mohammed was on the bridge trying to film the incident when the second blast came. The heat of the fire pushed him so he fell off the bridge. We have gone to the mortuary to see him and he was severely burnt with lots of broken limbs,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo consoled the family of the deceased and the entire media fraternity for the loss, adding, “I know him quiet well. He was part of the media team that travelled with me to Zambia recently.”

He said such unfortunate incidents were beyond human understanding and urged the family to take courage in the fact that it was the Almighty God who knew why He invited him on Saturday.

He said Mohammed was trying to get the public informed on the horrific incident when, in the process, he lost his life.

President Akufo-Addo promised to support the family of the deceased to give him a befitting burial.

By Yaw Kyei

 

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