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Fire Guts Section Of Ibadan Market



Weeks after fire a outbreak wreaked havoc at Onipepeye bridge, along Lagos/Ibadan express way, where number of  people were burnt to death, another fire incident has consumed Orita-Aperin market in Ibadan, Oyo State destroying goods worth millions of naira,

LEADERSHIP gathered that goods worth millions of naira were lost to the inferno, though the cause of the incident was yet to be ascertained as of the time of filling this report.

One of the market leaders, Abiodun Hammed known as Babalola  in an interview  with journalists at the scene of the incident on Saturday, said ‘the fire started by 12 midnight on Friday, and we immediately called on Oyo State Fire Service but unfortunately, when they got here, the nozzle of their truck was not functioning, so we have to resort liketo self-help by putting out the fire ourselves, or else, the lost would have been more than this”.

The Babaloja  noted that most of the owners of the shops affected by the fire just bought goods into their respective shops, adding that this was what makes the total value of the goods affected by the fire to be much.

“The shops that were affected include shop of a jewelries seller, shop of a food ingredients seller, shop of a provisions seller, red oil seller and herbs seller among others, five million, six hundred thousand was the worth of jewelries that got burnt, and most of the goods affected in the shops of the herbs seller cannot be replace because they were ancient goods that cannot be seen on market again”, he said.

The market leader, however appealed to the Oyo State Government to come to their aids pointing out that the huge loss would be too difficult for the victims to bear,just as one  of the victims, whose shops was also affected by the fire,

Latifat Adegbola appealed to the government to assist them financially, explaining that the money they used to buy the affected goods was collected based on interest.

“All my goods have been consumed by fire and the remaining ones are useless, we are calling on the state government to come to our aids so that we can survive”, she said

Also speaking to journalists Mariam Oladepo, pepper and onion seller said she lost goods worth N100, 000 to the inferno, adding that her shop has been razed by the fire and nothing remain for her and her children to feed on again.

The market women however alleged that the fire would not have gone to that extent if the Oyo State Fire Service truck that was deployed to the scene of the incident functioned  properly.



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