Fire today, Sunday razed part of Araromi Market at Agodi Gate in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, destroying goods worth millions of Naira. The Ibadan Market fire mostly affected shops where used tyres and motor parts were sold.
The cause of the fire was still not known as at the time of writing this report.
One of the traders and the chairman Mr Oluwafemi Ojo, told media people that he was called at about 5:00 a.m. with the news that their shops were burning.
“We had to run here and on getting here at about few minutes to six, we met fire service men, police and civil defence officials trying to put out the fire.
“Few days ago, my mother bought some goods into her shop there. The items there is over 50 million and my wife’s shop is also there and they all got burnt,” he said.
Although the fire has been put off, smoke and heaps of burnt tyres and other goods are evidence of the destruction that had occurred at the market mostly built with wood and roofing sheets.
Some owners of the shops razed had arrived the scene to find their property gone. All they could see were heaps of ashes.
Agony and pain were all that could be seen on their faces, as they count their losses.
Oludayo Akande, another shop owner said he lost so many goods to the fire and sought the government’s support for the affected persons.
“We want the government to help those affected because so many people have lost their money. Some people brought their goods to sell for Christmas but all that is gone now,” Oludayo told Channels Television.