Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Police intensifies search for importers of bangers

28 December 2012, 12:12

Lagos - The Police in Lagos have intensified efforts to arrest persons involved in the storage of bangers that exploded, burnt 10 houses and killed one person on Wednesday at the Jankara Market.

The Commissioner of Police, Malam Umar Manko, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that no fewer than 13 people were injured, four were still receiving treatment, and 12 houses were burnt.

NAN reports that the fire, which an eyewitness said started at about 9:00 am was caused by bangers that were packed in a shop in Folawiyo House, located at No. 45, Ojogiwa St., Idumota. However, NAN gathered that the police at the Area A Command, Lagos Island, have embarked on seizure of firecrackers from hawkers and users within the area.

NAN's investigation shows that the importers and some dealers in the firecrackers were on the run after the fire incident.

Earlier, the leader of the community, Alhaji Olumegbon Isiaka, told NAN that one of the sellers lit a firecracker, which flew into a shop leading to numerous explosions that spread to other buildings.

Isiaka confirmed the death of a 15-year-old boy in the fire and added that as many as 40 people were injured.

Among the buildings affected were Martins House, Folami House, Akib House, Gunsemade Plaza, Fashola House, Modupe House and Okoya House.

NAN reports that various government agencies and emergency outfits were on ground to contain the inferno as the firecrackers continued to explode.

The Federal Fire Service, the Police, the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Red Cross and the Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA), were all at the scene of the fire.

Most of the shops in the area were locked, while some shop owners who came round, tried to evacuate their wares, in spite of the restriction of movement placed on the area by security officials.

Mr Sadiq Isa, who described himself as a coordinator at the state governor’s office, said: "Any building found containing firecrackers will be sealed immediately and anyone found with them will be prosecuted."

The police bomb squad took samples of the explosives for further examination.

- NAN

Tags lagos fires
NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Jibunor George Chuks
Taking solace in blood shed

Life is so strange when you discover what most people do or what they are doing in other to make money, control power, be famous and so on. Read more...

Submitted by
DSAGE
World without end

Death is not a final end because nature has reincarnation as another beginning in Supernatural and mystery.  Read more...

Submitted by
Andiwam Dickson
I come from a country

I come from a country that wages war against its poor people instead of poverty...  Read more...

Submitted by
DSAGE
Natural transformation after deat...

Nature transforms every soul into a spirit immediately after death. It means that the soul is called spirit after the body has dropped in death.  Read more...

Submitted by
Tque Majolagbe
The Nigerian Health Sector; Just ...

It’s been over two weeks now since the Nigerian Medical Association pulled her members away from work throughout the country.  Read more...

Submitted by
DSAGE
No real actions without approval ...

I know that Bible is great in wisdom but the point remains that Jesus is fantastic to us in life. Everything about him was written formally, and nobody here had ever seen him anywhere in real world.  Read more...