Kaduna to probe Pan­teka Mar­ket fire

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Maryam Ah­madu-Suka, Kaduna

The Kaduna State gov­ern­ment is to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of the Fri­day morn­ing fire at the old Pan­teka mar­ket in Kaduna metropo­lis and seek ways of avoidinga re-oc­cur­rence.

Gov­er­nor Nasir Ah­mad El-Ru­fai,who com­mis­er­ated with traders dur­ing a visit to the mar­ket around 10am Fri­day with top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, as­sured vic­tims that the gov­ern­ment woulden­sure thor­ough investigation into the in­ci­dent.

A state­ment from the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Gov­er­nor on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Sa­muel Aruwan quoted El-Ru­fai as say­ing,

“As a gov­ern­ment, we will get to the root of the mat­ter and also en­sure thor­ough investigation to as­cer­tain the root cause and seek ways to avoid such in­ci­dents in the fu­ture. May Almighty God re­store all that you lost in this un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion.”

Seventy shops were be­lieved to have been de­stroyed when an early morn­ing fire gut­ted a sec­tion of the mar­ket, lead­ing to the loss of goods worth mil­lions of naira.

Af­fected shop own­ers were seen try­ing to sal­vage what re­mained of their wares while oth­ers wailed with loud lamen­ta­tion as their goods were no more.

Our cor­re­spon­dent gath­ered that the fire started around 2am on Fri­day and quickly con­sumed the ply­wood sec­tion of the mar­ket.

Yakubu Ibrahim, a trader at the mar­ket, said, “We just heard a heavy sound and as we rushed to the scene, we saw it was the sec­tion of the ply­wood sec­tion that caught fire. Be­fore the fire ser­vice came to the scene the fire had spread to other sec­tions of the mar­ket.”

At the time of fil­ing this re­port, the fire ser­vice with the sup­port of the state emer­gency man­age­ment agency, had put out the fire.

The Sec­re­tary of the mar­ket, Ibrahim Abubakar,said over 70 shops were af­fected, though they were yet to know the cause.

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