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Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Ctorch: 7:28pm On Feb 20
Traders and shop owners whose goods and property were destroyed in a fire outbreak at the Bishop Okoye Street market in Mile Three axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers State have appealed to Governor Nyesom Wike for support.

Similarly, a separate fire outbreak left scores of residents at the Chief Odum axis of Ogunabali in Port Harcourt were homeless as makeshift houses were destroyed.

The two fire outbreaks which occurred on Friday destroyed goods and property worth millions of Naira, as over ten shops and warehouses were destroyed, while over 20 makeshift buildings were razed in the Ogunabali fire, with those affected calling on the state government for assistance.

Our correspondent who went to the Bishop Okoye street market reports that bags of foodstuffs such as rice, beans, garri, and drinks were lost to the fire, as some of the victims were seen trying to gather some remnants.

Eyewitnesses said apart from the goods lost to the fire, hoodlums took advantage of the situation to break into some locked shops and carted away items, including cash.

Though the course of the fire could not be ascertained, eyewitnesses said they suspect that a woman who lived in one of the shops left something she was cooking unattended.

The eyewitnesses said the fire lasted for over five hours, saying the Rivers State Fire Service responded early but did not have enough water in their truck, as youths in the area also got water to help in putting out the fire just past midnight.

Speaking on the incident, Chairman of Bishop Okoye Shop Owners, Uche Okeke, decried the level of looting by the hoodlums.

“The crowd here was excess. 80 per cent of people here are not traders, some of them are hoodlums. They only came to break into peoples’ shops, stealing their goods. The fire was something that was mysterious,” he said.

Asked the number of shops burnt, he said, “We have not taken stock of the number. But I can tell you that all the warehouses in Bishop Okoye Street foodstuff market have been burnt down.

“The foodstuffs burnt are Rice, beans, garri, groundnut oil, flour and drinks were affected. Because of the looting, the Divisional Police Officer in Mile Three was here with his men and was calling for back up because of the crowd, but they didn’t come to assist him and because of that we have a lot of losses.

“The Rivers State Fire Service came, but if they had come earlier, the fire would have been stopped in one hour. Even when they came, they didn’t have enough water. We were here till past midnight.

“Some boys were here helping to stop the fire, others were here breaking into shops, even the ones that were not affected by the fire.”

One of the victims, Elder Kenan Lucky, said he lost over one thousand eight hundred bags of cement as his shop was completely burnt.

“I have about three trucks load of items here, but you can see they are all gone. What can I say, I will appreciate it if our governor can assist us financially and also help rebuild this place for us. Some bad boys went and break my other shop that was not affected in the fire and took away all the money in the safe, “he stated in an emotion-laden voice.

Efforts to reach the spokesman for the State Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni, were unsuccessful as he did not answer calls put across to him by our correspondent as of the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, some policemen on patrol arrested a man whom they said was identified as one of the suspects who looted items during the inferno.

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Juliusmalema: 7:29pm On Feb 20
“The crowd here was excess. 80 per cent of people here are not traders, some of them are hoodlums. They only came to break into peoples’ shops, stealing their goods. The fire was something that was mysterious,” he said.



Not surprised....on the percentage.




“Some boys were here helping to stop the fire, others were here breaking into shops, even the ones that were not affected by the fire.”


Wike should create employment for these youths. Empower them instead of all these flyovers we know fully well bulk of the money returns to his pocket.

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by PrinceDz1: 7:32pm On Feb 20
Call them hungry youths. Because rich men kids don't loot

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Monogamy: 7:40pm On Feb 20
Eyewitnesses said apart from the goods lost to the fire, hoodlums took advantage of the situation to break into some locked shops and carted away items, including cash

Why are some people so heartless like this?

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Deathisfree: 7:47pm On Feb 20
cry

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Commonguy: 7:47pm On Feb 20
this is mega serious oo.
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by merits(m): 7:47pm On Feb 20
cheesy

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by kingnono: 7:47pm On Feb 20
May God comfort them...

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by slawormiir: 7:48pm On Feb 20
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Abbeyme: 7:48pm On Feb 20
Hmm
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Omoluabi1stborn: 7:48pm On Feb 20
South South Capital

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Kobicove(m): 7:49pm On Feb 20
It is wickedness of the highest order for you to be looting while there is an inferno that is destroying people's investment angry

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by ThatFairGuy: 7:50pm On Feb 20
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by ignis(f): 7:50pm On Feb 20
Wike is not supporting nobody.
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by ike95: 7:52pm On Feb 20
[quote author=Velavelino post=99263374]Hoodlums are becoming too rampant[/quotep]povertyis too much in Nigeria this days
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by officialMarcTimi: 7:52pm On Feb 20
I think wike bin go donate 500m for North for a similar incident, let's see what he will do

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Triangles1(m): 7:53pm On Feb 20
Hoodlums meaning the area thieves.

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by cbrezy(m): 7:55pm On Feb 20
Poverty has made many to act like animals, they use any opportunity to loot people's property they are apprentice of politicians angry

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by daddytime(m): 7:55pm On Feb 20
What a time for Wike to step up to the plate and be a bigger Santa and act his "Alhaji give give" by splurging at least #500B on the original owners of the money he has been doling out to his friends.

God no dey sleep.

Charity has come home.

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by SmartPolician: 7:55pm On Feb 20
How can an area answer Ogbunabali (someone who kills at night)? grin grin grin

They should rename the place.

The governor should assist the traders, mbok

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Babaken(m): 7:56pm On Feb 20
Monogamy:


Why are some people so heartless like this?
That's Nigeria for us no conscience from the leaders to the masses.

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by bigdammyj: 7:57pm On Feb 20
Noted
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Eriokanmi: 7:59pm On Feb 20
Ha. Oya oga wike, over to you. Remember you gave sokoto state huge sum when their market was destroyed by fire, which triggered lots of controversies and some of your people were threatening to sue you. Hope you'd give billions to rivers victims too We are watching .

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by DropsMic(m): 8:00pm On Feb 20
Smh
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by frankmoney(m): 8:01pm On Feb 20
Sokoto will.donate

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Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by onoms4luv(m): 8:01pm On Feb 20
na so
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Truthabulabula(m): 8:02pm On Feb 20
If I talk say my fellow country men no good now,they go call me names


https://www.nairaland.com/6421950/nigerian-men-most-confused-set
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by HeadShot: 8:02pm On Feb 20
Useless wike that gave Rivers State money to sokoto caliphate
Re: Rivers Fire: Hoodlums Loot Goods, Cash As Traders Seek Wike’s Support by Coldie(m): 8:03pm On Feb 20
If he gave #500million to Sokoto govt to rebuild burnt market let's see how much he will give to rebuild the market in his state

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