Allegations that the fire incident which occurred at Kairo market in Oshodi was being caused by explosives has been slammed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu.
On Friday, May 7, Odumosu who visited the scene to conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the damages at the market said that the Explosive Ordinance Department of the State Police Command couldn’t find any bomb at the premises hence the fire could not be as a result of an explosion of a bomb.
“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 burnt.
“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.
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“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 condoled with victims of the fire incident saying the government is making plans to support those affected. Odomosu said;
“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.”