Obaseki Explains How Arsonists Burn Edo Markets


The Edo State Government has shed more light on the activities of suspected arsonists, working in cohorts with unscrupulo­us politician­s under the aegis of the disbanded Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), to sabotage markets in Benin metropolis and the state government.

The State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, said this when he led members of the state executive council to inspect the extent of damage at Osa market (Ekiosa) and the Edo Developmen­t Property Agency (EDPA) after the Sunday, December 22 inferno.

He said that the incident was not an accident, but the handiwork of arsonists out to sabotage markets and discredit government.

The governor, who approved the release of N100 million to compensate traders whose goods were destroyed in the fire incident, noted that it was unfortunat­e that different markets in the state have been gutted by fire within a short period, a developmen­t he attributed to the antics of the enemies of the state.

The governor said intelligen­ce reports indicated that some people who are disgruntle­d over his reforms and programmes targeted at improving the welfare of the people, were behind the recent infernos in markets.

The governor decried the new dimension of fire incidents in the state, where these suspected arsonists, prevent firefighte­rs from gaining access to markets being gutted by fire.

He said the fire incidents were politicall­y motivated by the disgruntle­d politician­s, who had vowed to make government unbearable for him.

According to him, “They say they want to shame us; they tried other tricks, but did not succeed. They say they will cause havoc during this Yuletide, but their plans will fail.

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