Tragedy struck in Oyo Town in the early hours of Sunday, January 5, 2020, as fire razed Akesan Market, the town’s main commercial centre, almost entirely. Only a few shops and a filling station are yet to be affected as of now.
Unfortunately, the Fire Service based in Oyo and just less than 20 metres to the Market could not mobilise to stop the raging fire. The Service said its equipment was not functioning. Firefighters then had to be mobilised from Ogbomoso Town, several kilometres away, after massive damage.
We condemn this failure of governance service but we will respond more appropriately on this later.
However, Ogbomoso firefighters are currently fighting the fire and we hope it is stopped before further damage.
We sympathise with our people, particularly men and women trading at Akesan. It is a sad way to start the year.
More to follow…