The aftermath of the fire that gutted the Auto spare parts Market (Iso Part) in the Agodi area of Ibadan, April 3rd, has left 2 dead from shock, and approximately 1,222 shops destroyed.
Sources have said that the narrow entrances leading into the market hampered the movement of Fire Service Trucks into the burning market to immediately douse the raging fire, as a result, most of the marker ended up in destruction.
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, said that two dealers died of shock on Saturday due to loss of their means of livelihood. Further adding 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.”
Mr Kazeem Adesina, a leader of the association, verified Adejumo’s statement by revealing that he had lost over three million nairas.
Alhaji Barry Saheed, another association member, whose shop was affected, said he lost one million nairas 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 association’s leadership has now pleaded with well-meaning individuals, NGOs and the government to support the affected traders in reviving their means of livelihood.