Plank sellers at the popular Bodija plank market, Iso Pako, in Ibadan, on Tuesday, have come out to beg Governor Seyi Makinde to come to their rescue after the fire incident.
Listing their losses, the traders said properties worth two hundred million Naira (N200M) were engulfed by the inferno.
Alhaji Daud Owoyemi Ogunrin, Chairman of Zone 7 where the incident occurred, said that no one could explain the cause of the incident.
Ogunrin said, “I was informed some minutes after 8 pm yesterday that our shops were on fire. We came here and everything has been destroyed.
“We cannot say the cause of the incident, but eighteen shops have been destroyed. We have more than forty people who have property here.
“We are begging God to replenish us. We are calling on well-spirited Nigerians and the government to assist us. We do not know where to start.”
Elder Gbenga Gbaroye, Chairman of Ibadan Plank Sellers Association, begged the government to support the victims.
He said, “We call on Oyo State government to assist us because our work needs money. Our work does not require any other thing apart from money.
“Over one hundred million nairas have been lost here. Where do we start?”