Bodija Market in Ibadan gutted by fire, traders lament huge losses in millions

Bodija Market in Ibadan gutted by fire, traders lament huge losses in millions

A section of the popular Bodija market in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, has been gutted by fire.

The affected areas are located at Ori-Igi, Daleko, and Iso Ẹlẹwà, inside the popular market.

One of the affected traders, Ganiyu Asimiyu, said the fire came from an unknown source; as early as 3:00am on Monday, July 11.

Another affected trader Isiaka Kafilat said she lost goods worth about N2 million in the incident. However, the swift intervention of the Oyo state fire service was able to stop the fire from spreading to other parts of the Bodija market.

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Speaking to newsmen, the Director of Operations, Oyo State Fire Service; Ismail Adeleke, said that although the service got the distress call very late; operatives were able to put off the inferno.

”We received a call at 5:35am…We moved to the Bodija market and put out the fire immediately,” he said.

“There was no loss of life and nobody was injured in the incident. We were informed late. We didn’t receive any call from the people in the market. It was a policeman in Yemetu area that called and we responded swiftly.”

Adeleke advised residents of the state to always put safety measures in place to prevent fire outbreaks; while also urging them to always call fire service immediately if there is an outbreak.

This is coming six months after traders lost goods worth millions of naira in a fire incident at Agbeni Market, also in Ibadan.

The fire razed about four shops before help came.

Meanwhile, a Kuje Custodial Center escapee Kazeem Murtala, 54, has been apprehended; according to the Niger State Police Command.

According to a statement issued on Monday, July 11, by the state’s PPRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the arrest of the Kuje inmate was made on the basis of reliable intelligence while police were on patrol near General Hospital Suleja and as far south as the Bakassi neighborhood of Suleja.

It stated, “in view of the recent attack at Kuje Custodial Center and escape of some inmates, on 9/07/2022, Police operatives attached to ‘A’ Div Suleja while on patrol around general hospital Suleja down to Bakasi area of Suleja and based on credible intelligence, the police operatives stormed an identified compound and arrested one Kazeem Murtala aged 54yrs”.

According to Abiodun, the prisoner admitted under questioning that he fled from Kuje during the assault.

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