The Nigeria Police Force, Abia State Command says it has launched investigation into Saturday’s midnight fire that engulfed several shops and goods worth millions of naira in Nkwo Ngwa market in Aba South Local Government Area of the State.
The State Police Commissioner, Chris Ezike who came in the company of the Aba Area Commander, ACP Peter Okpara and team of other senior police officers under his command also met the Security Adviser to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Awa Udensi at the scene of the incident.
Speaking to newsmen after taking a tour of the market, Ezike who lamented the loss disclosed that the reason the traders recorded such huge loss was because of the kind of business they do, stating that materials found in the timber market were flammable materials.
The police boss used the opportunity of the visit to call on the traders to be calm, peaceful and law-abiding.
Reports say over 150 shops were engulfed and over 200 traders affected in the inferno.
It was gathered that the fire incident which started at about 8pm lasted several hours before it was be put off by some individuals and personnel of the State Fire Service.
Chairman of the market, Okechukwu Lawrence, confirmed that there was no loss of life, but regretted the level of damage suffered by the traders as a result of the inferno.
Meanwhile PDP while sympathizing with the affected traders, described the incident as sad but avoidable.