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Oyo government assures fire disaster victims of support

Oyo State Government says it would work out immediate support for victims of a fire disaster that happened in Ibadan, the state capital.

Governor Seyi Makinde during a visit to the scene of the fire incident after commisserating with those items to the fire incident appealed to the victims to be calm while the State government worked with the Local government to collate the names of the victims of the incident.

“I know what you are going through at this particular time, but please don’t cry, we will collate your names, sit with you and see what we can do immediately. The local government will repair the shops and it is also all of you that own the shops that will be reallocated the shops, “ Makinde said.

While addressing people who had stormed the scene in their large numbers, the Chairman, Akinyele Local Government Area, Moniya, Mr Taoheed Jimoh, reported that three people died, while five people suffered serious injuries as a result of the fire incident.

Jimoh said some of the items destroyed by the fire included one cold room, one excavator, being used for ongoing road construction in the axis, three containers, one truck and fourteen vehicles.

He assured the people of the commitment of the government to rebuilding the destroyed shops and re-allocating same to the original owners.

A fuel-laden tanker had, on Friday, caught fire and left many shops and vehicles destroyed.

The incident, which occurred around 3:00pm, threw traders, commuters and residents of the area into confusion. The fire raged for several minutes before fire fighters arrived.

Residents said a diesel-laden tanker skidded off the road and crashed into a stationary vehicle. An eyewitness, Damola Odunayo, recalled that on hitting the vehicle, there was a loud bang after which the fire started. He said the fire then raged into shops and other vehicles which made people run for their lives, while property owners cried for help.

Source: Voice of Nigeria