…Buhari commiserates with victims of Lagos auto spare parts market***
No fewer than 19 shops and one mosque were razed at Kasuwar Rimi market in Kano on Wednesday.
The incident was confirmed by the State Fire Service through a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, on Wednesday in Kano.
Abdullahi said that the service received a distress call at about 01:46 a.m. on Wednesday from one Ahmad Tijjani that there was a fire outbreak at the market.
”On receiving the information, we quickly sent some of our personnel and fire fighting vehicle to the scene of the incident at about 01:55 a.m. to quench the fire so as not to affect other shops,” he said.
The fire service spokesman said that 14 permanent shops, five temporary ones and one mosque were completely razed by the inferno.
Abdullahi, however, said that no life was lost and that no one was injured in the incident.
He further stated that the cause of the fire was still being investigated.
In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of a security guard and the loss of property of some hardworking Nigerians at the Akere Spare Parts market in the Apapa area of Lagos State.
The President’s deepest sympathies is contained in a statement by his Spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Wednesday in Abuja.
Buhari said he sympathized with the traders and their families, ”who bear the brunt of this unfortunate incident and are at crossroads of what to do after this temporary setback.”
According to the president, he is equally concerned that a similar fire incident occurred at the popular Balogun market a few weeks ago, calling on relevant authorities to take precautions to stem the tide.
While the full extent and cause of the damage is being assessed, Buhari commended the Lagos State Fire Service for responding to the incident, salvaging a nearby filling station with a 33,000 liters PMS tanker, amongst other adjoining buildings.