Phil-Hallmark Inferno: Obaseki Vows To Establish Cause Of Incident

Godwin Obaseki, Edo, Inferno, FireThe Edo State government has promised to conduct full investigation into the fire incident that gutted the Phil-Hallmark, the only ultra-modern shopping mall in Benin City.

Governor Godwin Obaseki spoke with reporters on Monday when he went on an on-the-spot inspection of the mall in the Edo State capital, south-south Nigeria.

The Governor, who was obviously shocked at the damage done to the mall, described the damage as catastrophic and a major disaster.

He said investigation would be conducted into the activities of the state fire

Properties worth hundreds of millions of naira were said to have been destroyed by fire at the shopping mall located along Sapele road in the early hours of Sunday, December 11.

Witnesses who decried poor response by men of the Edo State Fire Service, said the inferno started at about 3:00AM from the top floor of the building.

Although the director of the agency, Agbonlahor Franklin, confirmed that no life was lost, he attributed their delayed response to lack of adequate equipment.

Truck Kills Bus Conductor In Benin City

Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole

A truck belonging to a beverage company crushed and killed a young man named Osas this evening at the King square in Benin City.

Eyewitnesses told our correspondent that Osas, a bus conductor, was arguing with the truck driver, who was said to have bashed his bus, when he was pushed by the driver and crushed by the moving truck.

The driver has been arrested and is in the custody of the Edo State Police Command.

Meanwhile, an attempt by a prisoner to escape from the Prison at Sapele Road in Benin City was thwarted by a combined effort of policemen and prison wardens.

The prisoner was seen running on top of the prison wall before a prison warden accosted him before he could jump off the wall from the shallow end of the barbed wires.

His escape was ill-timed as several policemen were just leaving the court premises where they had gone to provide security for Esan North East Local Government election tribunal sitting.