Â …Traders lose goods worth of N500 million
By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
Â Last Sunday was a day that will ever remain indelible in the minds of Igbo traders in a tyre-selling market known as Tyre Plaza in Apo District of Abuja
the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), dominated by Igbo traders as heavy conflagration early morning if that day consumed vehicle tyres worth about N500 million. The source of the inferno was not known at press time.
Speaking to this medium a day after the inferno was the chairman of the traders, Arinze Daniel Akanne who confirmed it all. He said that when he was contacted, the inferno has already completed the evil deed. Though he commended officers and men of fire service who tried in vain to save the situation, but was quick to informed that the cause of the disaster was not known. He therefore added that about 16 containers full of tyres worth of about N500 million naira were burnt and melt completely by the fire incident.
Akanne therefore appealed to the government to not only assist the traders financially to enable them start all over again, but also give the traders a befitting place to build market to avoid further occurrence of the conflagration.
One of the victims, Arinze Okoye who spoke to this medium with tears in his eyes informed that he just came back from market where he bought and off-loaded his goods worth millions of Naira inside his shed. Narrating how he lost everything, Okoye informed that he was waken up around 12 in the morning of the day by some people while the inferno was going on, and before he could get to the market all his goods were razed by the fire incident. Explaining that his business is the only hope for his family’s survival, he appealed for assistance from individuals and the government to enable him to start all over again.
On getting the knowledge of the ugly incident, the leadership of FCT branch of Ohaneze Nd’Igbo rushed to the market. Mazi Odozi Nw”Odozi, the president of the pan Igbo organisation in the FCT who also spoke to this medium appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency and importance built a sustainable and befitting market to the traders to enable them go into their business with confidence. He however urved them to live everything to God who knows how to come to the rescue of Nd’Igbo. Advising the traders to always take insurance policy for their business in case of similar incident in future, the president however promised to reach out to good spirited Nd’Igbo (lgbos) for assistance to enable the victims start all over again.
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) chairmanship candidate also advised the readers to always cover their business with insurance, even as he promised to contribute financially and otherwise to assist the victims.
Those affected by the inferno wear Arinze Okoye, Fidelis Umezinwa, Peter Chikwem, Chidi Umeakuka, Joeamart Okoye, Ugochukwu Ugha and Osita Nwankwo. Others were Otito Ifedi, Chizoba Onuigbo, Maduka Ejese and Chinedu Obika. Added were Uchenna Onyekwelu, Non so Umejiaku, Pascal Uroko, Hyacinth Idenyi and Onyedika Ogbonna.