The ember months and fire incidents which often times affects traders can be likened to yearly ritual which the traders had lamented could be a sabotage
Why do these fire incidents occur when the Christmas seasons approaches? How come the fire only targets goods and properties of NDI ANAMBRA ask mazi John Okeke the President general of UKE Progressive Union.
Could these fire incidents be likened to Mysteries? Mystic? Sabotage? Or an act of God Called Natural Disaster?
The tragedy started at about 12:30 p.m. on Oct.16, when a tanker laden with premium motor spirit (PMS) fell in front of Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, near the popular Upper Iweka flyover.
The product spilled through the gutters to Ochanja Market axis and caught fire.
From the point of the incident, there is a drainage that sloped towards Ochanja Market roundabout, on Emordi and Amobi streets, where many traders deal on plastic containers and other highly inflammable products.
It was this section of Ochanja, that Mrs Ifeoma Nwoye, a native of Urum in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra, who died with her only child was consumed by the fire.
Another trader who also died, was said to have ran into his shop to take the money he stacked in his shop.
“In all, seven persons died in Ochanja, three, including Nwoye and her child died on the first day, plus four bodies burnt beyond recognition, that were recovered in debris after four days”,
While Onitsha residents were still grappling with the Ochanja incident, another tanker also conveying PMS fell down at Omagba Phase 2 axis of Onitsha, at Chukwudi Bus Stop, near Bessoy Filling Station about 3.30a.m. on Oct.18.
The second fire incident took the same dimension as the one at Upper Iweka/Ochanja Market, except that it did not extend to a market.
As they were leaving Omagba, another fire alert came, that fire affected a drinking joint at Otolo Nnewi, in Nnewi South Local Government Area.
Three female waiters were burnt to death at the Otolo Nnewi fire incident.
It was learnt that the waiters were locked inside the building by their employer, and could not be rescued when the inferno started, even though they raised alarm and were therefore burnt to death.
Apart from the fire incident at Otolo Nnewi, a fatal accident claimed four lives in Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area of the state.
In addition, another accident, involving a petrol tanker, laden with diesel, occurred in front of St. Stephen Anglican Church, Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area, on that same Friday involving a tanker owned by Tonimas and laden with diesel.
It was the Agulu accident that actually frightened residents and made some believe the fake news from IPOB about possible sponsorship of the incidents by enemies of Biafra.
The last accident that occurred on Friday at Amawbia-Ekwulobia federal highway, Agulu news that put the area in confusion, as it coincided with the statement issued by IPOB, that Anambra was under enemy’s attacks.
The Agulu accident did not claim any life, no property destroyed, it only caused delay, as the road was blocked by the vehicles involved in the accident.
“All that happened in the state between Oct.16 and Oct.18 were disasters.
Then the fire accident moved to Lagos State to continue wreaking Havoc on the Igbos as fire outbreak was also witnessed at Dosunmu in Lagos Island, the fire outbreak in Dosunmu started while fire-fighters were struggling to put off the fire in Balogun market, Lagos Island on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
Fire outbreak in parts of Balogun market on Lagos Island had paralysed commercial activities when one Brasas Plaza in the market went in flames due to an electrical fault on its fifth floor. despite the intervention of government and private firefighters, the traders, some of whom are victims of the inferno, lamented the inability of the firefighters to put out the fire till the next day.
Brasas Plaza, a five-storey building, was stocked with clothes, bags and other imported goods on every floor.
Some traders, who left their businesses for the scene of the fire outbreak, said that the wild raging fire started at about 9:00 am.
It was also learnt that the building had in previous years witnessed such fire outbreak, especially when the year was coming to an end.
‘’This is no longer new to us because every year, apart from last, this building always burns.
‘’This building is owned by one business woman. The building is not part of Balogun market,’’ one of the traders said.
As the fire raged uncontrollably on the fifth and fourth floors, many young men and were helping to salvage the yet to be burnt goods.
Meanwhile The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called for immediate investigation on the cause of fire incident that ravaged parts of the Balogun Market in Lagos State.
The National Publicity Secretary PDP Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja called for an investigation on what he described as “apparent system failures” that frustrated prompt intervention in such an emergency.
He expressed PDP concerns about the devastating fire incident and the losses suffered by Nigerians, particularly in the face of the prevailing economic challenges. “The PDP is however more disturbed by the manifest system deficiencies that led to the failure to promptly bring the fire under control and abate the losses.
“The party tasks the authorities to live up to their billing by putting in place measures that will ensure more proactive fire emergency interventions in the country,’’ Ologbondiyan said. He commiserated with victims of the inferno and urged the government as well as public-spirited groups and individuals to come to their aid.