Lagos market night fire; State Government suspects bomb; Police disagree

CEO the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, has raised an alarm over a possible bomb attack as regards to the fire outbreak that destroyed several goods and properties worth millions of naira in Kairo Market, Oshodi, Lagos, however, the leadership of the Lagos State Police Command disagrees with LASEMA.

It could be recalled that Kairo market in Oshodi area of Lagos was razed down on Thursday night as a result of a fire outbreak which till now, the cause hasn’t been ascertained.

CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LASEMA, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, in a statement on Friday said he suspected foul play in the incident.

According to him, explosives and accelerants were used by unknown persons to set the market on fire and level it. He further said that the Police were alerted to carry out further investigation.

However, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, dismissed the claim, in a statement by the Police Public Relation Officer of Lagos, Muyiwa Adejobi.

Adejobi said, “The CP has debunked the rumour that the Oshodi market inferno was caused by bombing or explosives. The public is hereby urged to disregard such news or rumour. The CP visited the scene today, Friday, in company of Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) operatives to assess the scene and give their expert opinion. And no element of explosive was recovered from the scene. So, no explosive used.”

Meanwhile, Dr Olufemi Oke said that the fire started at about 8:02pm on Thursday, he said that 4 offices in the administration building, 66 shops and 25 containerised shops were affected.

He also lamented that his men were attacked by some people when they came to ascertain the level of damaged done at the Market.

He said, “When we get calls for an emergency, we expect the nearest police station to send policemen to protect us but most of the time, we get to such places, to discover no police officer is on ground. They normally come late to scenes of emergencies, thereby endangering our lives.”

“We cannot wait for police officers, so we normally start work because one minute delay can lead to the death of someone or more damage.”

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