Hundreds of motorcycles, shops, destroyed in Sokoto Central Market - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, March 18, 2024

Hundreds of motorcycles, shops, destroyed in Sokoto Central Market

Sokoto Central market has been gutted by fire at early hours on Monday.

The fire  which started around 5 am, razed down part of the central market.

The fire specifically destroyed the site where motorcycles were being sold.

According to findings, the fire emanated from a refuse dumping site.

The chairman of Motorcycles Marketers Association, Shehu Muhammad said, the fire destroyed unascertained number of motorcycles and shops.

"We are yet ascertain and  quantify the number of motorcycles burnt  by the fire now, as its burning and raging.

"But many people lost their sides along with their motorcycles because they could not come in time as the fire started around 6am this morning," he said

"But the men of the federal and state fire service are currently battling but I know it will take some times before they can quench it all," he said

He appealed to the state government to come to the aid of those who lost their property during the inferno.

 It could be recalled that, the market has been synonymous to fire outbreak as another episode was recorded 2006 and 2021 with half of the Market destroyed during the last two fire outbreak and the market is  still under  reconstruction.

The special Adviser to the Governor on Sokoto Central Market Hon Ibrahim Mohammed Gidado described the fire outbreak as an act of God and prayed Allah to prevent the occurrence of the unfortunate incidence.

Gidado while reacting to claims by victims of the fire incidence that, officials of the central market were at fault considering the erection of  a refuse dump of higher magnitude in the central market, said it was the immediate past management of the central market that refused to show concern on the evacuation of refuse in the Market.

He said, his office have since written to the Governor intimating him of the development in the central market and the need to hasten the evacuation of refuse.

The representatives of the state emergency management agency (SEMA) and National Emergency management Agency (NEMA) while assessing the damage caused by the fire, pledge to compile their findings and report to their various relief agencies for possible  Assistance to the Victims.

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