Fire Guts Market In Calabar

 

Traders at the Marian market in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital are counting their losses following a fire disaster that occurred at about 8:00 pm on Friday, destroying several shops stocked with goods.

Some eyewitnesses told Channels Television that, while the number of shops destroyed cannot be ascertained at the moment, the losses could be running into millions.

According to them, the inferno was a result of high voltage power which resulted in sparks and the eventual fire which was out of control.

Shop owners have, therefore, called on both the Federal and State government and well meaning Nigerians to come to their aid.

Fire Guts Section Of Oba Market In Edo

Firefighters battle the inferno at the Oba Market in Benin City, Edo State capital on June 22, 2020.

 

 

A section of the popular Oba Market in Edo State has been gutted by fire.

Some traders said the inferno started at midnight on Monday and destroyed goods worth millions of naira at the market in Benin City, the state capital.

The Zone K of the Federal Fire Service also confirmed the incident in a tweet.

It noted that the inferno was put out by firefighters who were supported by operatives of the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force, among others.

 

See the photos below:

Fuel Tanker Explosion: Fire Fighters Put Out Inferno Along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Firefighters at work on Sunday, June 21, 2020. Photos: Dare Idowu/Channels TV

 

Firefighters in Ogun and Lagos State have succeeded in putting out the inferno caused by an explosion which occurred in the early hours of Sunday.

The incident which occurred at the Kara end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway at about 2:00 am, involved a petrol tanker, a gas truck and a cement transport truck and claimed several lives.

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It also resulted in gridlock as commuters were stuck, waiting for the fire to be put out and for the debris to be cleared.

Many were, however, forced to continue their journeys via foot as rescue operations went on.

See photos below.

Victims Of Ondo Fire Count Losses, Seek Govt’s Support

 

Victims of Oba Nla area of Akure, the Ondo state capital have been counting their losses following the fire outbreak that occurred on Sunday night.

Channels Television gathered that the inferno started at 9 O’clock where electrical materials are being sold.

About 20 shops were razed in the tragic incident with some shops into wholesale of electrical materials, textiles, provision stores, clothing as well as a canteen.

Similarly, properties worth millions of naira have been lost to the inferno.

Speaking to Channels Television, sympathisers said it would have been worse if not for the youths in the area that rallied round to put out the fire.

The owners of the property and some shop owners affected expressed sadness that the inferno would have been curtailed if the fire service were up to the task.

While lamenting the losses, they called on the state government to support them in order to recover from the incident.

Meanwhile, the real cause of the inferno is yet to be known as there was no evidence that it was caused by a gas explosion as earlier speculated.

Fire Engulfs Several Shops, Houses In Akure

 

 

Several shops and houses have been razed by fire in Oba Nla area of Akure, the Ondo state capital.

Eyewitnesses say the inferno which started at about 9pm is said to have been caused by an explosion in a mini gas station around the area.

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Meanwhile, firefighters are yet to arrive at the scene of the incident but residents are battling to put out the fire.

Most of the shop owners were not around due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

NNPC Commiserates With Victims Of Obalende Fire

A fuel tanker caught fire at Obalende on May 1, 2020.
A fuel tanker caught fire at Obalende on May 1, 2020.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday said it was commiserating with families of the victims of a fuel tanker fire incident at Obalende area of Lagos.

In a statement signed by NNPC spokesman, Kennie Obateru, the corporation said it wished all those that sustained injuries in the incident quick recovery.

Earlier on Friday, a fuel truck belonging to NNPC’s petroleum products retail affiliate, NNPC Retail Limited, was involved in a road accident while conveying petrol, the NNPC statement said.

The corporation explained that all the injured from the incident had been rushed to the hospital while further investigation is on to determine the accident’s cause.

The mishap, which occurred around 5 pm led to an inferno which consumed the petrol-laden truck in front of a hospital and gas station, NNPC said.

In its statement, the corporation “expressed appreciation to the good-spirited people of Lagos around the scene of the incident and fire service personnel who brought the fire under control.”

One Killed, Several Injured As Tanker Bursts Into Flames At Obalende

 

One person has been killed and several others injured after a  petrol tanker burst into flames in the Obalende area of Lagos State.

The tanker belonging to the NNPC was said to have tipped over before bursting into flames in front of the Oando filling station.

The General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, who confirmed the development, said the 45,000-litre capacity tanker loaded with petrol caught fire after fallen on its side in from of the filling station.

He said after the LASEMA got the distress call about the fire, officials from the agency were dispatched to the scene where they along with men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service fought and brought the fire under control.

“Unfortunately, the inferno has resulted in a single fatality, 15 minor casualties, and one major casualty, who happens to be a Lagos State Firefighter. He has been subsequently transferred to the Lagos State General Hospital for treatment while the minor casualties received on the scene medical attention,” he said.

“We appeal for calm and urge members of the public to keep away and allow the responders to complete their work.”

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Friday also commiserated with families of the victims.

In a statement signed by NNPC spokesman, Kennie Obateru, the corporation said it wished all those that sustained injuries in the incident quick recovery.

The corporation explained that all the injured from the incident had been rushed to the hospital while further investigation is on to determine the accident’s cause.

In its statement, the corporation “expressed appreciation to the good-spirited people of Lagos around the scene of the incident and fire service personnel who brought the fire under control.”

Fire Guts Several Shops In Kaduna

 

No fewer than 20 shops including a pharmacy are currently on fire in Kaduna State.

The incident started at about 7:00 pm on Wednesday along Constitution road in the state capital and the cause is yet to be known.

At the time of filing this report, officials of the state fire service and other emergency response agencies were yet to arrive at the scene.

However, residents of the area, as well as passers-by were seen making frantic efforts to put it out.

Unfortunately, most of the shop owners are not around due the lockdown imposed on the state as a result of the COVID-19.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan Mourns Victims Of Borno IDP Fire, Lockdown Extrajudicial Killings

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commiserated with the victims of the fire incident that occurred on Thursday at a camp housing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ngala, Borno State.

Lawan mourned the 14 who lost their lives and sympathised with those injured in the inferno.

The Senate President commiserated with the Government and people of Borno State over the tragic incident.

Lawan called on relevant authorities to investigate the incident with a view to averting a re-occurrence.

READ ALSO: Fire Kills 14 People At Borno IDP Camp, Buhari Mourns

In another development, the Senate President condemned in strong term the cases of extra-judicial killings by security agents as reported by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the course of the enforcement of the lockdown ordered in parts of the country to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

Lawan said he was saddened by the report by the NHRC that 18 persons were killed by high-handed security officers tasked to enforce the stay-at-home directives.

The Senate President said that extra-judicial killings, in whatever guise, should be discouraged in our society. He called for a thorough investigation of the cases and that those indicted be promptly brought to account.

“Life is sacred. It is a tragedy that those asked to enforce compliance with emergency measures adopted for public safety are now being accused of responsibility for needless and totally avoidable deaths of citizens,” Lawan said.

The Senate President said any officer found culpable of unprofessional use of weapons should as a standard practice be made to face prosecution.

Lawan urged Nigerians to continue to cooperate with the authorities as they strive to defend the country against the deadly virus.

PHOTOS: Documents, Furniture Destroyed By Fire At INEC Head Office

The commission said no sensitive document was affected. The commission said no sensitive document was affected. PHOTO: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

 

Some documents and furniture were destroyed by fire on Friday at the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja.

This followed an electrical fault at the office of the Director of Electoral and Party Monitoring, leading to a fire outbreak.

Officials of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service were swiftly deployed at the INEC office to prevent the fire from spreading to other parts of the building.

INEC’s National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, insisted that the incident was a minimal one.

He added that no sensitive document was lost to the inferno.

See photos from the affected part of the building below:

PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

Fire Guts Section Of INEC Headquarters In Abuja

The fire affected the Electoral and Party Monitoring Department of the INEC office.

 

 

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters has been gutted by fire.

The National Commissioner in charge of Information and Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, confirmed this to reporters on Friday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He revealed that the inferno affected the Department of Electoral and Party Monitoring part of the commission’s head office.

Okoye explained that the fire broke out as a result of an electrical fault at the office of the Director of Electoral and Party Monitoring located close to the Media Centre of the Commission.

He, however, said the incident has been brought under control by men of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Fire Service.

The national commissioner insisted that there was no cause for alarm, stressing that the incident was a minimal one and did not affect sensitive documents at the commission’s headquarters.

Below is Okoye’s statement:

 

At 11:30 am today, 17th April 2020, a tire outbreak occurred at a section of the building housing the Election and Party Monitoring Department and the Media Centre. The building is an annex, detached from the main building of the Independent National Electoral Commission‘s headquarters.

Fire fighters attached to the Commission swiftly responded to contain the inferno and they were later joined by their colleagues from the Federal Fire Service headquarters in the Federal Capital Ten’itory (FCT). The fire was extinguished within a short period of time and did not cause any substantial damage to the building.

Apart from some office furniture and equipment. nothing sensitive was destroyed. Reports of party primaries and conventions are intact. The campaign finance database is also not affected. The incident will therefore not affect the administrative or technical operations of the Commission in any way.

Meanwhile. Investigation into the cause(s) of the tire incident has commenced.

 

See photos from the affected part of the building below:

PHOTOS: Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja was gutted by fire on April 17, 2020.

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja was gutted by fire on April 17, 2020.

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja was gutted by fire on April 17, 2020.

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja was gutted by fire on April 17, 2020.

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja was gutted by fire on April 17, 2020.

A section of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headquarters in Abuja was gutted by fire on April 17, 2020.

Fire Kills 14 People At Borno IDP Camp, Buhari Mourns

Buhari Condemns Gombe Killings, Condoles With Victims' Families
A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

At least 14 people have been killed by fire at an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Borno State.

The incident, which occurred on Thursday evening in Ngala Local Government Area of the state, also left many others injured.

However, the circumstances that led to the inferno have yet to be ascertained.

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The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed the casualty figure in a statement.

“President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday evening described as ‘extremely horrifying’, the news of the death of 14 persons and injury to many from a fire incident at an IDP camp in Ngala, Borno State,” the statement said.

The President who mourned the victims ordered the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development to investigate the incident.

He also asked the ministry to report the circumstances that led to the incident and advise on how a future occurrence would be averted.

President Buhari directed that urgently needed assistance be immediately given to the victims and prayed to Allah for the repose of the souls of those whose lives were lost.

He also wished the injured persons quick recovery.