The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has reacted to a fire outbreak at the Popular Oba market in Benin.
In a statement on Monday afternoon, the governor disclosed that a committee has been set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate incident.
“I have set up an investigation committee to unravel the cause of the fire which razed parts of Oba Market in Kings Square, Benin City, the Edo State capital.”
“I disclosed this during a visit to the market for an on-the-spot assessment of the incident reported to have occurred in the early hours of Monday, June 22, 2020. I genuinely sympathise with traders who lost their goods to the inferno and assure that efforts are ongoing to ascertain the victims and the losses suffered to the inferno for adequate compensation.”
“The investigation committee will consist of officials of Oredo Local Government Council, the Nigeria Police Force, Federal Fire Service, State Fire Service, Directorate of State Services (DSS) and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duty, Hon. Yakubu Gowon. They are expected to submit their report within 10 days and also advise on measures to equitably compensate the victims.”
“The committee will also ensure that suspected arsonists who perpetrated the dastardly act are arrested and prosecuted.” the statement read.