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How Hawker Set Ibadan Market Ablaze by Slimboy94(m): 11:48am On Sep 09, 2012
The losses that traders of the Labaowo
International Market, Ibadan suffered in an inferno
that gutted the market on Wednesday cannot be
forgotten in a hurry.
Within minutes that the fire started, their means
of livelihood were consumed. Over 300 hundred
shops with property worth one billion were
destroyed. Painfully, some of the traders just got
some loans from banks and co-operatives to boost
their businesses.
Though no life was lost, some of the traders would
have chosen death as an option if they knew that the
inferno would consume all they had.
The fire started some minutes past 10 a.m. when
the gum that a girl was trying to sell to her
customers attracted fire from a nearby shop where
another woman was cooking. Before they knew what
was happening, the shops were on fire which later
engulfed five buildings that house over 300 shops
in the densely populated market.
Alarm was raised immediately, but owing to the
distance and inaccessibility to the spot, help could
not come on time from the Oyo State Fire Service
and other companies in the area.
As at 3.05 p.m. when Sunday Vanguard visited
the market, billows of suffocating smoke still
enveloped the market. Traders were running helter-
skelter. Some of the traders who were lucky to
retrieve some of their wares from the fire stood on
guard to prevent hoodlums loitering the area from
causing further damage.
A woman who could still not comprehend how fate
could be so cruel to her declined to make comments
even when one of the leaders of the market
introduced our correspondent. She merely shook her
head and turned back.
Another affected trader, Mr. Taiwo Olabode, was
stunned to speechlessness when Sunday Vanguard
visited him. He was trying to mutter some words,
his lips were moving but no word came out. When
next he tried, it was tears that streamed down his
face.
The president of the market, Alhaji Lukman
Alaka, told our correspondent that items such as
electronics, motor spare parts, generator spare
parts, building materials and many others were
lost to the fire incident.
He said, “the fire started some minutes past 10
this morning(Wednesday). Five buildings with over
300 shops were burnt. You too can see the damage
caused by the fire.
When asked what caused the fire, Alaka said a girl
was selling gum to her customer and it caught fire
because a woman was cooking very close to her.
“Suddenly, we saw balls of smoke accompanied by
fire.
We called all the Fire Stations close to us, but, the
response was not immediate. I called Challenge fire
station and another one at Mapo. When I noticed
that they were not forthcoming, I had to go to
Mapo on Okada before help could come. But, before
we got back to the market, the fire had gone out of
hand”, he said.
“On the property lost, it can’t be less than one
billion. Many traders were affected. Some could not
even retrieve any item from their shops. The Fire
Service came but it was too late. We would be happy
if the government can provide a Fire Station for us
here.”, he lamented.
The market traders leader complained that when
fire gutted the market about three years ago, the
government sent its officials who came promising
heaven and earth, but nothing came.
According to him, the only help that the Governor
Abiola Ajimobi-led administration can do for
them is to give them a fire station in the market.
Mr. Sikiru Olayiwola, the leader of the legislative
arm of the market, said it was a pity that
successive governments in the Oyo neglected them
because they were not civil servants.
“Governor Ajimobi should help those of us who are
not civil servants too. They should let us have a
sense of belonging and give us opportunity to enjoy
in this administration too. If they don’t want these
people to die, they should do something very
urgently”, he said.
One of the victims, Sarafa, an Eletrical part
seller whose shop was gutted by fire. Pix by Dare
Fasube
He ruled out any suspicion that somebody
somewhere could be responsible for the incident,
pointing out that the fire that gutted the market
three years ago ignited when a spark of fire landed
on mattresses.
“As for this one, it happened during the day time.
We all saw how it started. So, I don’t suspect any
foul play from anybody.
Another affected trader, Mr. Tijani Amoo, who
sells fan belt and bearing in the market, explained
that he just collected a bank loan worth N800,000
to buy wares.
“Most of us in this market collect bank and co-
operative loans. I just collected N800,000 and used
it to stock my shop. Tell me, how can I pay back
the loan now? Oh God!, he stated.
Amoo said he lost all the items. Though, he was
not far away from the scene of the fire, by the time
he knew, smoke had covered my shop and then fire.
Muniru Lasisi, who sells generator spare parts,
he said he lost goods worth two million, while
Babatunde Olusegun, who lives at Ogbere Oriyangi,
Ibadan, said his motor spare parts estimated at
N500,000 were destroyed.
Also, Femi Akinlabi, motor spare parts seller,
said the girl that was selling gum was injured in
the fire incident and had been rushed to hospital.
He claimed he took a bank loan of N400,000 and
estimated his losses at over N600,000 because he
had some goods before he took the loan.
The Director of State Fire Service, Engineer Kareem
Oyekunle, said his men were still battling the fire
as at 3. 56 p.m. but was hopeful that the fire
would be put out. His response contradicted that of
the market leader, noting as soon as the distress
call came, he and his officials rushed to the scene.[b]The losses that traders of the Labaowo
International Market, Ibadan suffered in an inferno
that gutted the market on Wednesday cannot be
forgotten in a hurry.
Within minutes that the fire started, their means
of livelihood were consumed. Over 300 hundred
shops with property worth one billion were
destroyed. Painfully, some of the traders just got
some loans from banks and co-operatives to boost
their businesses.
Though no life was lost, some of the traders would
have chosen death as an option if they knew that the
inferno would consume all they had.
The fire started some minutes past 10 a.m. when
the gum that a girl was trying to sell to her
customers attracted fire from a nearby shop where
another woman was cooking. Before they knew what
was happening, the shops were on fire which later
engulfed five buildings that house over 300 shops
in the densely populated market.
Alarm was raised immediately, but owing to the
distance and inaccessibility to the spot, help could
not come on time from the Oyo State Fire Service
and other companies in the area.
As at 3.05 p.m. when Sunday Vanguard visited
the market, billows of suffocating smoke still
enveloped the market. Traders were running helter-
skelter. Some of the traders who were lucky to
retrieve some of their wares from the fire stood on
guard to prevent hoodlums loitering the area from
causing further damage.
A woman who could still not comprehend how fate
could be so cruel to her declined to make comments
even when one of the leaders of the market
introduced our correspondent. She merely shook her
head and turned back.
Another affected trader, Mr. Taiwo Olabode, was
stunned to speechlessness when Sunday Vanguard
visited him. He was trying to mutter some words,
his lips were moving but no word came out. When
next he tried, it was tears that streamed down his
face.
The president of the market, Alhaji Lukman
Alaka, told our correspondent that items such as
electronics, motor spare parts, generator spare
parts, building materials and many others were
lost to the fire incident.
He said, “the fire started some minutes past 10
this morning(Wednesday). Five buildings with over
300 shops were burnt. You too can see the damage
caused by the fire.
When asked what caused the fire, Alaka said a girl
was selling gum to her customer and it caught fire
because a woman was cooking very close to her.
“Suddenly, we saw balls of smoke accompanied by
fire.
We called all the Fire Stations close to us, but, the
response was not immediate. I called Challenge fire
station and another one at Mapo. When I noticed
that they were not forthcoming, I had to go to
Mapo on Okada before help could come. But, before
we got back to the market, the fire had gone out of
hand”, he said.
“On the property lost, it can’t be less than one
billion. Many traders were affected. Some could not
even retrieve any item from their shops. The Fire
Service came but it was too late. We would be happy
if the government can provide a Fire Station for us
here.”, he lamented.
The market traders leader complained that when
fire gutted the market about three years ago, the
government sent its officials who came promising
heaven and earth, but nothing came.
According to him, the only help that the Governor
Abiola Ajimobi-led administration can do for
them is to give them a fire station in the market.
Mr. Sikiru Olayiwola, the leader of the legislative
arm of the market, said it was a pity that
successive governments in the Oyo neglected them
because they were not civil servants.
“Governor Ajimobi should help those of us who are
not civil servants too. They should let us have a
sense of belonging and give us opportunity to enjoy
in this administration too. If they don’t want these
people to die, they should do something very
urgently”, he said.
One of the victims, Sarafa, an Eletrical part
seller whose shop was gutted by fire. Pix by Dare
Fasube
He ruled out any suspicion that somebody
somewhere could be responsible for the incident,
pointing out that the fire that gutted the market
three years ago ignited when a spark of fire landed
on mattresses.
“As for this one, it happened during the day time.
We all saw how it started. So, I don’t suspect any
foul play from anybody.
Another affected trader, Mr. Tijani Amoo, who
sells fan belt and bearing in the market, explained
that he just collected a bank loan worth N800,000
to buy wares.
“Most of us in this market collect bank and co-
operative loans. I just collected N800,000 and used
it to stock my shop. Tell me, how can I pay back
the loan now? Oh God!, he stated.
Amoo said he lost all the items. Though, he was
not far away from the scene of the fire, by the time
he knew, smoke had covered my shop and then fire.
Muniru Lasisi, who sells generator spare parts,
he said he lost goods worth two million, while
Babatunde Olusegun, who lives at Ogbere Oriyangi,
Ibadan, said his motor spare parts estimated at
N500,000 were destroyed.
Also, Femi Akinlabi, motor spare parts seller,
said the girl that was selling gum was injured in
the fire incident and had been rushed to hospital.
He claimed he took a bank loan of N400,000 and
estimated his losses at over N600,000 because he
had some goods before he took the loan.
The Director of State Fire Service, Engineer Kareem
Oyekunle, said his men were still battling the fire
as at 3. 56 p.m. but was hopeful that the fire
would be put out. His response contradicted that of
the market leader, noting as soon as the distress
call came, he and his officials rushed to the scene.[/b]The losses that traders of the Labaowo
International Market, Ibadan suffered in an inferno
that gutted the market on Wednesday cannot be
forgotten in a hurry.
Within minutes that the fire started, their means
of livelihood were consumed. Over 300 hundred
shops with property worth one billion were
destroyed. Painfully, some of the traders just got
some loans from banks and co-operatives to boost
their businesses.
Though no life was lost, some of the traders would
have chosen death as an option if they knew that the
inferno would consume all they had.
The fire started some minutes past 10 a.m. when
the gum that a girl was trying to sell to her
customers attracted fire from a nearby shop where
another woman was cooking. Before they knew what
was happening, the shops were on fire which later
engulfed five buildings that house over 300 shops
in the densely populated market.
Alarm was raised immediately, but owing to the
distance and inaccessibility to the spot, help could
not come on time from the Oyo State Fire Service
and other companies in the area.
As at 3.05 p.m. when Sunday Vanguard visited
the market, billows of suffocating smoke still
enveloped the market. Traders were running helter-
skelter. Some of the traders who were lucky to
retrieve some of their wares from the fire stood on
guard to prevent hoodlums loitering the area from
causing further damage.
A woman who could still not comprehend how fate
could be so cruel to her declined to make comments
even when one of the leaders of the market
introduced our correspondent. She merely shook her
head and turned back.
Another affected trader, Mr. Taiwo Olabode, was
stunned to speechlessness when Sunday Vanguard
visited him. He was trying to mutter some words,
his lips were moving but no word came out. When
next he tried, it was tears that streamed down his
face.
The president of the market, Alhaji Lukman
Alaka, told our correspondent that items such as
electronics, motor spare parts, generator spare
parts, building materials and many others were
lost to the fire incident.
He said, “the fire started some minutes past 10
this morning(Wednesday). Five buildings with over
300 shops were burnt. You too can see the damage
caused by the fire.
When asked what caused the fire, Alaka said a girl
was selling gum to her customer and it caught fire
because a woman was cooking very close to her.
“Suddenly, we saw balls of smoke accompanied by
fire.
We called all the Fire Stations close to us, but, the
response was not immediate. I called Challenge fire
station and another one at Mapo. When I noticed
that they were not forthcoming, I had to go to
Mapo on Okada before help could come. But, before
we got back to the market, the fire had gone out of
hand”, he said.
“On the property lost, it can’t be less than one
billion. Many traders were affected. Some could not
even retrieve any item from their shops. The Fire
Service came but it was too late. We would be happy
if the government can provide a Fire Station for us
here.”, he lamented.
The market traders leader complained that when
fire gutted the market about three years ago, the
government sent its officials who came promising
heaven and earth, but nothing came.
According to him, the only help that the Governor
Abiola Ajimobi-led administration can do for
them is to give them a fire station in the market.
Mr. Sikiru Olayiwola, the leader of the legislative
arm of the market, said it was a pity that
successive governments in the Oyo neglected them
because they were not civil servants.
“Governor Ajimobi should help those of us who are
not civil servants too. They should let us have a
sense of belonging and give us opportunity to enjoy
in this administration too. If they don’t want these
people to die, they should do something very
urgently”, he said.
One of the victims, Sarafa, an Eletrical part
seller whose shop was gutted by fire. Pix by Dare
Fasube
He ruled out any suspicion that somebody
somewhere could be responsible for the incident,
pointing out that the fire that gutted the market
three years ago ignited when a spark of fire landed
on mattresses.
“As for this one, it happened during the day time.
We all saw how it started. So, I don’t suspect any
foul play from anybody.
Another affected trader, Mr. Tijani Amoo, who
sells fan belt and bearing in the market, explained
that he just collected a bank loan worth N800,000
to buy wares.
“Most of us in this market collect bank and co-
operative loans. I just collected N800,000 and used
it to stock my shop. Tell me, how can I pay back
the loan now? Oh God!, he stated.
Amoo said he lost all the items. Though, he was
not far away from the scene of the fire, by the time
he knew, smoke had covered my shop and then fire.
Muniru Lasisi, who sells generator spare parts,
he said he lost goods worth two million, while
Babatunde Olusegun, who lives at Ogbere Oriyangi,
Ibadan, said his motor spare parts estimated at
N500,000 were destroyed.
Also, Femi Akinlabi, motor spare parts seller,
said the girl that was selling gum was injured in
the fire incident and had been rushed to hospital.
He claimed he took a bank loan of N400,000 and
estimated his losses at over N600,000 because he
had some goods before he took the loan.
The Director of State Fire Service, Engineer Kareem
Oyekunle, said his men were still battling the fire
as at 3. 56 p.m. but was hopeful that the fire
would be put out. His response contradicted that of
the market leader, noting as soon as the distress
call came, he and his officials rushed to the scene.
Re: How Hawker Set Ibadan Market Ablaze by Slimboy94(m): 11:50am On Sep 09, 2012

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