NIGERIA: Sad Day As Traders Lose Over N1bn Goods To Fire In Ibadan

An inferno, suspected to have occurred as a result of power surge, Friday night gutted the jewellery and fabrics section of the popular Aleshinloye Market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, destroying goods worth over N1 billion.

It took men of the state Fire Service several hours to successfully put off the fire on Saturday morning.
Speaking with journalists amidst tears, one of the affected traders, Mr. Adeoye Soyemi, who deals in jewellery, revealed that no fewer than 600 shops were affected in the fire disaster.  He put his own loss at N1 million. 

Investigation by reporters revealed that when the private night guards on duty alerted men of the Oyo State Fire Service, they did not have enough water to contain the fire, a development that worsened the situation.

Most of the affected traders could not hide their frustration as they rushed to the market in the wee hours of Saturday. Hoodlums also had a field day as they capitalised on the situation to steal a lot of goods before the traders got to the market.

Reacting to the ugly development, another trader, identified simply as Samuel, said it was the second time he would be a victim of fire incident in the market, adding that he lost at least N750, 000. Recounting his ordeal, Samuel recalled that the market experienced similar fire incident on March 9, 2004, during which he suffered a loss. 

 At the time of filing this report, scores of affected traders were still compiling their names, as well as items lost to the inferno.

Source: Daily Trust
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