Raging Inferno Guts River Market, Destroys Millions Worth Of Goods, Properties Gives Way To Hoodlums Looting

Goods worth millions of naira have been destroyed following the fire that gutted a market in the Mile 3 Diobu Area of the Rivers State capital, Port Harcourt on Friday night.
While the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, over 10 shops are said to have been burnt down.

 It was gathered that the fire service made efforts to put out the inferno but did not have enough water.

 They were later assisted by officers from the nearby police station as well as some residents, to put out the fire.

 Market fire outbreaks appear to be a recurring incident in Port Harcourt.

 In September 2018, a large section of the fruit garden market was razed by fire. That market was later demolished, rebuilt and reopened for business. 

 Before that, the new market complex in Old Port Harcourt township was also gutted by fire in 2014.

 A similar incident happened at the Mile One market located on Ikwerre road in 2013.Two separate fire outbreaks have ravaged a market and makeshift apartments in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. 

 Traders, whose goods, cash and properties were destroyed in one of the incidents that occurred at the Bishop Okoye Street market in Mile three axis of Port Harcourt, Rivers State have, however, begged the state Governor Nyesom Wike for assistance. 

 The second fire outbreak left scores of residents at the Chief Odum axis of Ogunabali in Port Harcourt homeless as makeshift houses were destroyed in the area.

 The two fire outbreaks which occurred on Friday destroyed goods and property worth millions of Naira. 

 Over 10 shops and warehouses were destroyed, while over 20 makeshift building were destroyed, with those affected calling on the state government to assist them. 

At the Bishop Okoye street market, bags of foodstuff such as rice, beans, garri and drinks were burnt as some of the victims were seen trying to pick some remnants. 

Sources said apart from the goods lost to the fire, hoodlums took advantage of the situation to break into some shops and carted away items, including cash.

 Though the course of the fire could not be ascertained, some persons said said that a woman, who lived in one of the shops left something on the fire and went out.

 The Rivers State Fire Service reportedly responded early but did not have enough water in their truck, as youths in the area also got water and helped in putting out the fire. 

 The Chairman of Bishop Okoye Shop Owners, Uche Okeke, lamented the looting by hoodlums.

 He said: “The crowd here was excess. 80 per cent of people here are not traders, some of them are hoodlums. They only came to break into peoples’ shops, stealing their goods. The fire was something that was mysterious.

 “We have not taking stock of the number. But I can tell you that all the warehouses in Bishop Okoye Street foodstuff market have been burnt down. 

“The foodstuff burnt are Rice, beans, garri, groundnut oil, flour, drinks were affected. Because of the looting, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Mile three was here with his men and was calling for back up because of the crowd, but they didn’t come to assist him and because of that we have a lot of losses. 

“The Rivers State Fire Service came, but if they had come earlier, the fire would have been stopped in one hour. Even when they came, they didn’t have enough water. We were here till past midnight.

 “Some boys were here helping to stop the fire, others were here breaking into shops, even the ones that were not affected by the fire,” he stated.

 One of the victims, Elder Kenan Lucky said he lost over 1800 bags of cement as his shop was completely burnt. 

 “I have about three trucks of load of items here, but you can see they are all gone. What can I say, I will appreciate if our governor can assist us financially and also help rebuild this place for us. Some bad boys went and break my other shop that was not affected in the fire and took away all the money in the safe,” he said.

No comments

Thank you for reaching out to us. We are happy to receive your opinion and request. If you need advert or sponsored post, We’re excited you’re considering advertising or sponsoring a post on our blog. Your support is what keeps us going. With the current trend, it’s very obvious content marketing is the way to go. Banner advertising and trying to get customers through Google Adwords may get you customers but it has been proven beyond doubt that Content Marketing has more lasting benefits.
We offer majorly two types of advertising:
1. Sponsored Posts: If you are really interested in publishing a sponsored post or a press release, video content, advertorial or any other kind of sponsored post, then you are at the right place.
Generally, a sponsored post can be any of the following:
Press release
Video content
This kind of post is usually written to promote you or your business. However, we do prefer posts that naturally flow with the site’s general content. This means we can also promote artists, songs, cosmetic products and things that you love of all products or services.
Every sponsored article will remain live on the site as long as this website exists. The duration is indefinite! Again, we will share your post on our social media channels and our email subscribers too will get to read your article. You’re exposing your article to our: Twitter followers, Facebook fans and other social networks.

We will also try as much as possible to optimize your post for search engines as well.

Submission of Materials : Sponsored post should be well written in English language and all materials must be delivered via electronic medium. All sponsored posts must be delivered via electronic version, either on disk or e-mail on Microsoft Word unless otherwise noted.
The price largely depends on if you’re writing the content or we’re to do that. But if your are writing the content, it is $60 per article.

2. Banner Advertising: We also offer banner advertising in various sizes and of course, our prices are flexible. you may choose to for the weekly rate or simply buy your desired number of impressions.

Technical Details And Pricing
Banner Size 300 X 250 pixels : Appears on the home page and below all pages on the site.
Banner Size 728 X 90 pixels: Appears on the top right Corner of the homepage and all pages on the site.
Large rectangle Banner Size (336x280) : Appears on the home page and below all pages on the site.
Small square (200x200) : Appears on the right side of the home page and all pages on the site.
Half page (300x600) : Appears on the right side of the home page and all pages on the site.
Portrait (300x1050) : Appears on the right side of the home page and all pages on the site.
Billboard (970x250) : Appears on the home page.

Submission of Materials : Banner ads can be in jpeg, jpg and gif format. All materials must be deliverd via electronic medium. All ads must be delivered via electronic version, either on disk or e-mail in the ordered pixel dimensions unless otherwise noted.
For advertising offers, send an email with your name,company, website, country and advert or sponsored post you want to appear on our website to omodjk(at)gmail(dot)com

Normally, we should respond within 48 hours.