August 16, 2022

Reporters’ Diary

Factual Reportage

Oshodi Fire: Lagos CP dismissed bomb rumour

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu said at the weekend the fire incident at the popular Kairo Market in Oshodi Lago was not caused by bomb.

Speaking during an the spot assessment in the market, conducting an on-the-spot assessment of the market,
Odumosu said bomb cannot be the cause of the fire because the Explosive Ordinance Department of the State Police Command has not discovered any bomb at the scene.

“We have seen what happened and we give God the glory no lives were lost. No matter the values of things that were lost, it cannot be compared with lives. We also thank God that the portion that got burnt is not more than the area not burn.

“Since it started, I have deployed my men and they have been on the ground. My coming is to have a physical assessment of what happened. We are to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order here.

“The rumour going around that it was a bomb should be dismissed.

“The tension is already high in the country and we should not make inflammatory statements.

“That’s why I am here with my technical team, the bomb experts in the police and they have gone round and no proof the fire was caused by a bomb. It has been ruled out that there was a bomb explosion here. No bomb was found here. So people should allow the fire service and the police to conduct their investigation and when the report from their laboratory comes out, we will make a statement.”

He promised the victims of the fire at the Kairo market that efforts are ongoing to get the Lagos Government to come to their aide.

“We only appeal to the people to control their annoyance and emotion. Whoever is aggrieved, we are appealing to them not to take it too far because we are not going to allow the breakdown of law and order.

“We are deploying our men here both in mufti and uniform. We are up to the task and the chairman will seek palliatives from the governor for those affected. We keep appealing to the people to be patient. The chairman will take it up politically while I take it up to security wise.”