200 shops burnt in Onit­sha

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Two hun­dred shops and goods worth over N100 mil­lion were burnt in Ose Ok­wuodu food stuff mar­ket in Onit­sha, Anam­bra State on Satur­day. The fire, ac­cord­ing to a wit­ness, started at about 3a.m.

Con­duct­ing news­men round, chair­man of the mar­ket, Mr Sun­day Ewu­lum, ex­pressed sad­ness over the fire out­break.

Ewu­lum said he was con­tacted about the dis­as­ter by se­cu­rity men sta­tioned at the mar­ket at 3 a.m.

He added that men of the fire ser­vice from Okpoko and Main Mar­ket, Onit­sha, as well as some traders, bat­tled for hours to put out the fire to save the rest of the mar­ket.

The chair­man said the af­fected sec­tions of the mar­ket in­cluded tai­lor­ing ma­te­ri­als, fish, wine, sec­ond hand­cloths, rice and yam.

He ap­pealed to the Anam­bra govern­ment and the State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency to come to the aid of the af­fected traders.

Pres­i­dent of Amal­ga­mated Mar­ket Traders As­so­ci­a­tion of Anam­bra State (AMATAS), Chief Okwudili Ezen­wankwo, said the state govern­ment’s at­ten­tion would be drawn to the plight of the af­fected traders.

Ezen­wankwo noted that ef­forts were on to ed­u­cate the traders on the need to in­sure their goods. He ap­pealed to the govern­ment to set up a panel of in­quiry to de­ter­mine the cause of the fire.

Also speak­ing, Chair­man of Onit­sha North Lo­cal Govern­ment Area, Mr Dou­glas Eg­buna, de­scribed the in­ci­dent as un­for­tu­nate and called on the af­fected traders to be calm. Eg­buna said that govern­ment would in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the fire.

Some of the af­fected traders, Mrs Theresa Okoye, Mrs Josephine Nneb­uife and Mr Peter Okonkwo, urged the state govern­ment, wealthy in­di­vid­u­als and phi­lan­thropists to come to their aid. (NAN)

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