Traders Count losses As Fire Razes 300 Shops In Bayelsa Market
Fire has razed a section of the Swali Market, a major market situated in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State.
Investigations revealed that the inferno, which broke out in the early hours of Friday completely burnt shops where gas cookers, cloths and other wares, were sold.
Traders and shop owners were reportedly in tears as they struggled to salvage some of their goods at the ill-fated shops.
The traders, who wept over the development, said they lost millions of naira to the fire.
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One of the traders, Udubuochi Christine, hinted that the fire started from a nearby bush.
She said: “We suspect that the fire came from the back of the market, over the fence, through the bushy area, people go there to burn things, so it started from the burning bush.
“So we are advising them not to burn anything there again because this is Harmattan season everything is dry and can easily catch fire”.
She, however, said that officials of the state fire service were prevented from getting to the scene of the fire by traders, who accused them of late response.
“The people did not allow the fire service people to get to the scene because they came late and the traders said they were not to be trusted.
“The traders and other people gathered together and worked tirelessly to put out the fire. Many goods were burnt to ashes. And over 300 shops were destroyed. Most traders could not salvage anything”, she said.
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She said the fire also destroyed physical cash with millions of naira and called on the government to come to the aide of the traders.
She said: “By the time we bring out the safe where we kept money, we discovered that the money had been burnt. Most traders keep money in their safes for quick and easy transactions.
“We want the government to maintain a fire service in the market. The So government should give us a standby fire service, so when the fire starts they will quench it instantly, not to call them on the phone”.
Another trader, Loveth Mark, lamented that the fire service personnel arrived the scene of the incident late.
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“Before the fire service came, we had put out the fire. Most of the things were destroyed. We could not salvage anything reasonable”, she said.
Troops Neutralize 6 Bandits, Recover Arms In Kaduna
Six bandits have been eliminated in a gunfight while several arms and ammunitions were equally recovered, following a raid on bandit/terrorists hideout by Special Forces of Defence headquarters and troops of Operation Forest Sanity,
Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami who this made this known in a statement said the enclaves was destroyed.
He said, “On Friday 9 June 2023, troops of Operation Forest Sanity in conjunction with the Defence Headquarters Special Forces conducted covert operation to bandits enclaves at Maidaro village in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State and made contact with terrorists.
“In an ensued fire fight, troops neutralized six (6) terrorists and recovered five (5) AK 47 rifles, One Hundred and Ninety Two (192) rounds of 7.62 by 39 mm Special ammunitions.
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Also recovered were Seventy Four (74) rounds of 7.62 by 54mm Special, Nine (9) AK 47 rifle magazines, three (3) IEDs, three (3) Baofeng radios, One (1) PKM, three (3) motorcycles amongst other sundry items.
“The military high command commends troops of Operation Forest Sanity and encourages the general public to avail troops with credible and timely information on terrorist and all criminal activities within their area.”
Tragedy As Man Kills Pregnant Wife In Edo
A bereaved father, Samuel Adun, has offered to pay N100,000 to anyone with information that can lead to the arrest of his son-in-law, identified simply as Inuaghata.
Inuaghata was alleged to have killed his pregnant wife, Osaretin.
Adun told journalists in Benin on Friday that his daughter had three children for the suspect.
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He noted that he was called that his daughter was killed by her husband, adding that Inuaghata had gone into hiding since May 24 when the incident happened.
He said, “I hail from Orhionmwon Local Government Area. My daughter was killed by her husband. She was 23 years old. The incident happened at Egba on May 24.
“I do not understand the problem they had that led to the killing of my daughter. I was called that my daughter was killed. He used a knife to slit her throat; she was pregnant when she was killed. I want the boy arrested.
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“I will give anybody N100,000 for information that can lead to the arrest of the suspect. The boy had not formally married my daughter. His parents are both dead. I have called his brother that he ran away after killing my daughter.”
The Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, said the matter had not been brought to his attention.
Delta: Commuter Dies In Crash, Police Seek Relatives
The Delta State Police Command has sought help in locating the family members and friends of a commuter killed in a crash in the state.
The deceased, according to the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bright Edafe, was involved in an accident along the Illah-Asaba Expressway by Ngegwu Market.
The accident reportedly involved a Toyota Sienna with the number plate, JRV 398 ZY, driven by one Chima Uzor, who collided with a motorcycle rider.
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The PPRO, in a signed statement on Friday, said the corpse was deposited in the St. James Hospital Mortuary, Illah.
The police spokesman urged any person who knew the victim, his parents, friends or other relatives to report at Motorpol Asaba, St. James Hospital Mortuary, Illah, or the police headquarters, Asaba, for possible identification and collection of the body.
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