Fire destroys famous market in Ogbomoso •Traders lose goods worth over N150m

By Olawale Rasheed

A fire incident which occurred at a popular Akande Market, Ogbomoso early this year has completely destroyed the market with the affected  traders losing goods worth over N150 millions.

The incident, according to report gathered from two of the affected traders, indicated that the inferno started when an apprentice trader was trying to fill a generator with petrol. It caught fire instantly and spread widely destroying everything on its path.

According to the account of Mr. Ojeleye Mayowa of Aporan Compound, Ogbomoso and Mr. Jacob Maduke (a.k.a Captain J) said despite several distress calls to the fire fighters in the town, none of them show up to help. The firefighters complained of lack of fuel in their vehicles, lack of water and even said that their pumping machine was faulty too.

Even when a concerned indigene offered them his personal pumping machine to save the situation, the fire fighters refused to take it.  They said even the Onpetu of Ijeru called the fire fighters in Oyo, yet nobody came to our rescue until the fire levelled the market completely.

Mr. Jacob said the council bosses in Ogbomoso South, Aromole and his counterpart in the new Ogbomoso LCDA, gave the traders N100,000 each and Mr. Tunde Aremu also gave us N1 million.

Also NEMA officials had visited the market, asking all the affected traders to give estimate of what each of them lost.

The traders appreciated the Onpetu of Ijeru land, HRM, Oba Sunday Oladapo Oyediran Olagbami, Osekun III, for his concern and  his visit to sympathise with them.

So far, other sympathisers had contributed over N500,000 to assist the affected traders and in all, the traders had got over N1.5m as assistance; it was gathered.

We are now looking unto the relevant local and state authorities to come immediately to our aid because the fire had destroyed everything including structures in the market, the affected traders said.


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