Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio rushed back from COP26 in Glasgow, and changed his schedule which was to lead him to Ghana, to the extraordinary summit of ECOWAS, due to a violent explosion of a tanker truck, after an accident on Friday. The incident in the industrial area near Freetown left at least 98 people dead and around 100 injured.
According to a press release from his office, President Julius Maada Bio was at the scene of the tragedy on Sunday morning and called on his compatriots to learn the lessons of the explosion so that it does “ never again ” happen in Sierra Leone.
“This is a moment to come together and avoid the blame game. We must come together as a community and deal with this disaster. We must say never again will we make such a mistake,” Julius Maada Bio said in the statement sighted by AfrikPage.
After witnessing the damage, the leader promised to take care of all the victims of the sick and intended to shed light on this issue.
For now, no date has been announced for the burial of the victims, meanwhile the official toll is 100 dead and 100 seriously injured.
“Let us be law-abiding. We have lost over 100 of our compatriots in a single instance and now we are struggling with about 100 survivors in the hospitals,” the Head of State confirmed.