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Breaking: Millions Feared Lost As Fire Engulfs Another Market In Benin

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Barely a week fire gutted popular Oliha market, another fire outbreak was this afternoon recorded at the popular Ekiosa Market, Benin City, Edo State capital, destroying property worth millions of naira.

However, no life was lost at the the time of filing this report.

The fire which started at about 12.noon was said to have broke out at the section where animals are sold.

An eyewitness, Osas Ugiagbe, told journalists that the fire started when power was restored in the market.

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I was at gate of the market when I heard a noise from the place where they sell goats and chickens. Then we saw balls of fire coming out. We called the Fire Service, but they didn’t respond and some people said, they don’t have water in thier vehicles”, he said.

Popular Ekiosa market in Benin City on fire on Sunday afternoon

Another eyewitness, Rita, said she was called when she was coming from the church, saying she operates a shop close to the market.

She said while sobbing, “I was coming from the church, when somebody called me to inform me that Ekiosa Market is on fire. On getting to the market, I found out that the whole market is on fire though, I don’t know if it will get to my shop.”

Callers on a popular radio station in Benin City said all calls put across to Fire Service in the state did not yield any positive result, as they refused to show up even after two hours of reporting the incident to them.

The immediate cause of the fire outbreak was yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report.

Recall that Ekiosa market is the 4th that will be engulfed by fire in the last 4 months in Benin City.

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Mob Burns Two Suspected Motorcycles Snatchers To Death In Benue

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Two men who allegedly snatched a motorcycle and were attempting to rob their victims were burnt to death by a mob in Makurdi, Benue State capital.

DAILY POST gathered that the incident took place at about 12 to 1 am on Friday, in the Nyon area, a suburb of Makurdi.

A witness account said the suspects were apprehended and lynched after a commercial motorcyclist popularly called Okada man raised alarm while the two suspects were struggling to rob him of the Okada.

A witness who identified himself simply as Terna narrated that according to the Okada man, he picked both passengers from Katsina Ala street in the High-Level area of Makurdi town heading to Nyon.

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He said “They told me to bring them to Nyon, a suburb in Makurdi. On getting there, they directed me into a street which I followed.

“But because it was too late when he got to a point, the okada man told his passengers to pay him so he could get back but they insisted they don’t have money on them and that they will get the money when they get to his house.

“While he made to leave, they grabbed him and requested that he give them his motorcycle key. When he refused to hand them the keys, they started struggling with him and luck ran out on them when he( okada man) raised an alarm.”

Terna, however, lamented that the incidence of motorcycle snatching has been on the increase in the Makurdi metropolis.

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He said community members and especially the youth have also vowed that culprits would not go free when caught in the act.

He further explained that the youth who came out in their numbers gave the suspected bike robbers a good chase and caught them before they could escape.

It was learnt that the youth had beaten the dead suspects to a pulp, before setting them ablaze.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Benue State Command, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed that she received a report on the incident, saying some officers had been detailed to the community to find out what actually happened.

She, however, reiterated the call on the Benue public to desist from taking laws into their hands and advised them to report such issues and persons to law enforcement agencies for necessary action.

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Lagos Seals Church Complex For Environmental Pollution

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Following a public complaint received from concerned residents, the Lagos State Wastewater Management Office has sealed off the administrative and kitchen complex of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Jesus Sanctuary, Masha, Surulere, Lagos for indiscriminate discharge of wastewater into the environment.

The state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, revealed this through his X handle on Saturday.

The statement read, “Following a public complaint received from concerned residents, the Lagos State Wastewater Management Office #lswmomedia in enforcing the provisions of the Environmental Management and Protection Law 2017, sealed off the administrative and kitchen complex of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Jesus Sanctuary, Masha, Surulere, Lagos for indiscriminate discharge of wastewater into the environment.

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“Illegal discharge of wastewater into the environment endangers the lives of citizens as it leads to soil pollution and groundwater contamination; causing waterborne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and diarrhoea.

“The Lagos State Wastewater Management Office encourages all Lagosians to desist from such acts and report all illegal activities leading to the pollution of the environment.”

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Five-year-old boy Dies After Falling From Fence In Lagos

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A five-year-old boy identified simply as David has been confirmed dead after falling from a fence in the Igando area of Lagos State.

The PUNCH learnt that the incident happened on Friday.

It was gathered that the deceased was playing with other children in the community when he climbed the fence and sat on it.

While playing with his colleagues, the late David lost his balance and fell to the ground.

His friends who discovered that he was unconscious, immediately alerted a neighbour who rushed to the scene.

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He was, thereafter, taken to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the incident.

He said, “A man reported at Igando Division that at about 5 pm, his son, David aged 5, fell from the fence while playing with other children. He was rushed to General Hospital Igando by a neighbour, where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

“The scene of the incident was visited by officers of the division while the corpse has been moved to Mainland General Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, for autopsy. An investigation is in progress.”

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