2 people have died of shock and approximately 1,222 shops have been reportedly destroyed in the April 3rd market fire at the Auto spare parts Market (Iso Part) in Agodi area of Ibadan.
It was revealed that the narrow entrances into the market hindered Fire Service Trucks from immediately attending to the raging fire which eventually destroyed most of the market.
The Public Relations Officer of Ibadan Motor Part Dealers Union Association of the market; Mr. Akeem Adejumo, who spoke on behalf of the chairman of the association, Mr. Morufu Olanrewaju Ishola, claimed that two dealers died of shock on Saturday due to loss of their means of livelihood to the fire hazard. He also disclosed that traders in the market have lost goods and wares worth trillions of naira.
Adejumo said: “It is very unfortunate that the fire started in the night. We lost a lot of goods to the inferno. Many engines were burnt. The goods run into trillions of naira. This is the main market. People come from far and wide to buy spare parts here. The losses were so huge that two dealers have died of shock.”
Another leader of the association, Mr. Kazeem Adesina, corroborated Adejumo’s statement by disclosing that he personally had lost over three million naira.
Another association member, Alhaji Barry Saheed, whose shop was affected, said he lost one million naira to the inferno.
Similarly, a trader in the market; Abduljeleel Olanrewaju, noted that over N2 million went up in flames in his two shops in the market.
The Leadership of the association has thereby called on well-meaning individuals, NGOs and the government to support the affected traders in resuscitating their means of livelihood.