Fire razes Baboko market in llorin

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A midnight inferno on Sunday consumed goods worth millions of naira at Baboko market in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 20 shops were completely razed by the inferno which lasted several hours.

Some shop owners reportedly left huge sums of money in their shops before the incident occurred.

Sources said that the inferno was triggered by a spark from an electric cable in one of the shops when electricity was restored.

Some night guards at the market were said to have noticed smoke billowing from one of the affected shops and drew the attention of leadership of the market to it

They alerted fire fighters who came to the scene and prevented the fire from spreading to other shops.

The chairman of Ilorin West Local Government Council, Tajudeen Zulu-Oloje, visited the scene of the incident on Sunday.

He said that he received a distress call from one of the market officials around 2.00 a.m. on Sunday.

He said the local council would do its best to reconstruct the burnt shops and assist affected traders.

Mr. Zulu-Oloje commended men of the state fire service for the quick response.

Efforts to speak to the Special Adviser on Emergency and Relief to State Governor, Duro Mohammed, on the incident proved futile.



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  • tsunami1earthquake

    Until people began to sue all these electricity companies the latter would be doing whatever they liked. Now 20 shops are lost, properties worth millions of naira destroyed and the traders will eventually lose many person-hours in trading with its economic benefits. Who is going to pay for all these? Would people just say we leave everything like that and begin again to build up their lives? Someone just got to pay for these losses. And this is where one easily identifies the particular electricity company involved here.