Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Traders lose property worth N150 million to fire in Ekiti

By Victor Ogunje, Ado Ekiti on 20/06/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 665

Some traders operating within the premises of Oja Oba market in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, have lost property worth about N150 million to fire.

The market stall, having 30 lock-up shops, was located opposite the popular Bisi Market at the Post Office area of Ado Ekiti metropolis.

The fire, which according to eyewitnesses, suddenly surged at about 7.30 pm on Tuesday, gutted the entire building belonging to Governor Ayodele Fayose’s Chief of Staff, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, and destroyed the property therein.

The building was formerly used by a new generation bank before being
converted to a market stall for traders.

The traders, numbering 30, who were operating under the aegis of Ekiti State Youth Traders’ Association, linked the incident to alleged arson attack by unknown persons.

Rumour had it that the house must have been attacked by politicians because the building belonged to a top politician of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) extraction in the state.

Recounting how the incident happened, the Chairman of the Association, Opeyemi Fakayode, said it started at about 7.30 pm when the security guard had already arrived.

He said some of the property could have been salvaged by men of Fire Services, but for lack of water in the fire fighting tanker, adding that the other vehicle that could have helped the situation suddenly developed fault upon arriving the scene.

He said: “None of us was able to salvage a pin from that place. Even the guard had arrived and was about changing his dress behind the building when he came back to meet huge smoke bellowing from the windows.

“We suspected arson because one of the window’s blade had bent, meaning that someone must have done that for sinister intention. We suspected that was where they used to set the building on fire.

“It could not have been an electrical problem, because our light had been disconnected before the incident. Even the fuse of the generating set we were using collectively was intact and was put on neutral, which we believe could not have sparked fire.

“Some of us just went to market to buy new products to sell when the incident happened and we may end up having nothing if we have no help.”

Fakayode added that when they immediately called the state Fire Service upon receiving distress calls from the security guards to salvage the situation, but to no avail.

“When the fire fighters came with two tankers, one of them had no water while the other one with water could not pump, it became faulty.

“It was after this we called Afe Babalola University, which deployed its tanker but the property had already been razed down completely before it arrived,” he added.

In a letter dated June 20 and signed by the victims and addressed to the General Manager, state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the traders appealed to the state government for relief materials.

They said help from government and well-meaning Nigerians remained the
only way some of them could return to the market and begin trading. (ThisDay)



Source News Express

Posted 20/06/2018 7:23:18 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+




You may also like...
Change Movement Nigeria condemns alleged discrimination against women...

All set for Rivers APC State Congress •To...

Britain pledges more support to help Nigeria fight...

Deputy Governor was a PDP mole —Rivers APC...

2,800 delegates to participate in PDP convention

Messi extends Barcelona contract till 2021

Nigeria and America’s incoming Secretary of State

Kogi Governor vows to probe civil service

Police stops PDP meeting in Niger

School Feeding Programme: UNICEF assures of continual partnership...

National Council on Works criminalises illegal alteration of...

Hope rises for improved Nigeria-Sierra Leone trade as...


Latest News A professional in the saddle BREAKING: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, ‘greatest singer of all time’, dies at 76 Godswill Akpabio’s defection to APC shocked and confused me — Elder brother, Isong Akpabio •Says defection cannot make APC win Akwa Ibom FG close to breakthrough on Leah Sharibu’s release — Presidency •Clears air on Daura’s status Woman pushes friend off bridge NYSC releases names of 9 drowned corps members Why 2019 elections will be Nigeria’s most expensive — INEC MASSOB drops threat to disrupt conferment of chieftaincy title on Ganduje Whistleblower: 5,000 tips received, N11bn recovered — Adeosun Naturalised Americans in danger of losing citizenship as Federal officials review thousands of cases Chinese firm to invest in Nigeria’s digital economy, education Demolition Notice: Ayefele’s house contravenes planning laws — Oyo Govt


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (377,432 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (366,460 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (296,151 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (241,750 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (222,513 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (217,033 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (192,471 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (174,648 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (159,567 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (158,219 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (152,643 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (142,964 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (56) Business & Economy (3,452) Business Verdict (48) Columnists (910) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (528) Features (633) Global Business Monitor (294) International (2,274) Interview (161) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (134) News (38,048) Opinion (1,057) Pidgin (11) Politics (6,054) Religion (816) Sports (1,646) Stock Watch (33) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update


CBN banner

Firstmobile banner




Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid 2-4 Highlights and Goals


APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera