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Traders Count Losses As F#re Razes Popular Bodija Market In Ibadan

An early morning fire, yesterday, gutted an area of the popular Bodija Market in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

The parts of the market got burnt, while some traders are counting their losses.

The affected areas include Ori-igi, Daleko, and Iso Elewa. An affected trader, Ganiyu Asimiyu, said the fire started from an unidentified source as early as 3:00 a.m.

According to him, although, the cause of the fire could not be confirmed, it was gathered it may have been provoked by high power voltage in the market.

Another trader, Isiaka Kafilat, cried that she lost goods worth about N2 million in the fire incident.

Contacted, Director of Operations, Oyo State Fire Service, Ismail Adeleke, verified that Oyo State Fire Service has promptly stepped in to minimize the impact of the outbreak. He said: “We got a call at about 5:35 a.m. We immediately moved in and put out the fire.

“There was no loss of life and nobody was injured in the occurrence. We didn’t receive any call from the people in the market, it was a policeman in the Yemetu area of the city that called and we acknowledged swiftly.”

Adeleke advised residents to always put safety measures in place to avoid fire outbursts and to always call fire service instantly if there is an outbreak.

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