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Bishop Ezeokafor blames unseen hands for frequent fire in Anambra

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By Mokwugwo Solomon

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has expressed worry over frequent outbreak of fire in parts of Anambra State, saying that the serial fire outbreaks were not ordinary.

Recent fire disasters in the state include that of Onitsha which claimed lives and properties as well as the Nnewi fire that claimed the life of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Edmund Nwagbala.

The prelate, who spoke to OrientDaily in Awka, Sunday, said he was disturbed by the recurring scenario, and  that “something has to be done to put a stop to these anomalies. I just hope that some unscrupulous elements have not taken to this act as another way of feeding on human blood and preying on people’s properties.

“The government and people of Anambra State have to be careful and cautious. The state government should take this issue seriously with a view to finding urgent and lasting solution. While making concerted efforts to equip the state’s fire service for any future challenges, the state should also go spiritual to find a more lasting solution, because, I suspect that unseen hands have infiltrated the state to feed on human blood.”

While also commiserating with Bishop Hilary Odili Okeke and the entire Nnewi Catholic community over the death of Fr. Nwagbala, who lost his life in a recent fire that gulped his parish house in Nnewi, the Awka Catholic Bishop said: “Losing a priest in that careless manner is, to me, saddening. I am deeply unsettled. This incessant fire must be checked. It must stop.”

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