- There was a fire outbreak at the Atakumosa market in Osun on Tuesday, February 11
- The incident was confirmed by the police command in the state
- Reports claimed that the inferno razed a lot of shops and led to the loss of millions of naira
The fire outbreak that gutted Atakumosa market in Osun on Tuesday, February 11, destroyed a lot of shops with goods worth a lot of money.
Although nothing official has been said about the cause of the inferno, an administrative officer of the state's fire service, Fatai Aremu, informed journalists that the flames were quenched by the efforts of personnel.
Aremu said that the fire was put out after about two hours from the time it started in the Ilesa area of the state, Nigerian Tribune reports.
On his part, the police spokesman in Osun, Folasade Odoro, said that officers were on ground to avoid looting of the shops where fire-fighters were at work.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC's) office in Orlu, Imo state was on Monday, February 3, gutted by fire.
The fire was said to have started about 6 am from a nearby bush around the INEC office in Orlu local government area of Imo state.
Sources said the fire may have been ignited by some farmers in the area and became uncontrollable as a result of the harmattan.
Confirming the incident, the INEC's state spokesperson, Emmanuella Opara, said the police was yet to ascertain the level of damage and the remote cause.
“Yes, we can confirm that the fire actually burnt the INEC office, but we can not say for sure the level of damage and what caused it because we are yet to visit the scene," Opara said.
Also speaking, the state's fire service director, Japhet Okereafor, said he was aware of the incident.
“I am aware of the fire incident but we don’t have enough vehicles and the only driver we have was not around,” Okereafor said.
In another post, Legit.ng reported that there had been a fire incident at INEC's office in Ogidi, Idemili North local government area of Anambra state.
Properties worth millions were on Sunday, February 2, destroyed by the fire which allegedly emanated from bush burning.
The extent of damages done is, however, yet to be determined. Also on Sunday, there was a gas explosion in two rooms of a storey building at No 23 Emmanuel Church road, Inland town Onitsha. Seven persons were feared burnt in the incident.
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