Gbajabiamila mourns Akesan, Kaduna gas explosion victims
The minister, who described the incident as a great disaster, said the importance of the market to the people of Oyo could not be overemphasised.
Meanwhile, the police in the state have described the alleged death of three persons during the protest as untrue.
A statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said, “Contrary to widely spread news on the fire incident at the Akesan Market in Oyo town, there was no single shot from the police personnel in Oyo.
“Police personnel were deployed immediately in the scene to prevent hoodlums from capitalising on the situation to loot shops and properties in the area. Concerted efforts are being intensified to prevent a breakdown of law and order.”
However, the Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Security and Civil Defencecorpsinthestate,oluwole Olusegun, said in a telephone interview that one casualty was recorded during the protest.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has sympathised withthegovernmentandpeopleof Oyo State over the fire that gutted the Akesan Market in Oyo town.
Gbajabiamila also expressed “shock and sadness” over the gas explosion at Sabon Tasha in Kaduna, Kaduna State.
The Speaker lamented both incidents in separate statements issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, in Abuja on Sunday.
On the incident in Oyo, Gbajabiamila expressed regrets over the early morning inferno that claimed the means of livelihood of many traders.
He said, “It is with a heavy heart that I received the news of the fire that gutted the popular Akesan Market in Oyo. I commiserate with the victims of the fire for the disruption of their economic activities as a result of the unfortunate incident. Being a historic and ancient market, and very dear to the people of Oyo State, I also empathise with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, over the incident.
“I want to appeal to the people to remain calm and law-abiding, as the government of the state looks into the situation with a view to bringing succour to the victims. Meanwhile, the House
• Scene of the inferno government to bring relief.”