Daily Trust (Abuja)

28 December 2012

Nigeria: Fire Crackers - Lagos Demolishes Burnt Houses

Lagos — Barely 24 hours after the fire incident in central Lagos burnt houses and about a dozen cars parked on the street, Lagos State Government Thursday morning commenced demolition of all the affected buildings and evacuation of burnt vehicles.

When our reporter visited the scene at Ojo-Giwa street, Jankara market mid-day yesterday, officials of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) were on site pulling down the affected buildings.

General Manager of LASEMA, Dr Femi Oke Osanyintolu explained that 12 buildings were affected noting that 10 of these were badly affected.

He said those that were badly affected required demolition to prevent unnecessary danger in the neighbourhood.

Some residents of the affected buildings were unhappy with the turn of things. Samuel Daramola who said he has been living in the house was concerned about where to relocate his family of eight.

"The government did not take our condition into consideration. We are not the importer of the fireworks. Why should we now suffer for what we did not do? This is harmattan period, where do I keep my family members? Who will accommodate an eight member family now? Fashola should provide us an alternative accommodation," Daramola said.

Meanwhile, the State Police Command have vowed to clampdown on retailers and importers of fireworks across the state noting that the law that banned usage of fireworks and bangers was still in existence.

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