A hellish early morning Saturday leveled a row of four shops on Oke-Egan Road in the Ede region of Osun State.
Shops caught fire just 72 hours after the thugs suspected political thugs reportedly used gasoline dipped in loaves of bread to burn down the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Ede.
The same method was reported having been used to raze the commission building in Abeokuta where over 60,000 permanent voter cards were destroyed.
Witnesses in the area said the four rows of shops caught fire around 1am when the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) restored power to the area.
Neighborhood residents and passers-by immediately alerted the firefighters, but the businesses were completely destroyed before the firefighters arrived.
Stores destroyed before Hell were occupied by fashion designers, cloth sellers, hairdressers, aluminum fabricators and vendors of provisions.
Properties and assets worth millions of naira are said to have been lost in the hell.
Ibrahim Adekunle, spokesman for the Osun State Fire Department confirmed the incident.
Mr Adekunle said investigation into the situation showed that the hell was caused by high voltage.
“According to eyewitnesses, it was because of the high voltage,” he said.
“I interviewed about three people, they all live in this vicinity, so they said they warned them (about) how they were connecting wires and tapping the light with bad connections,” he said. he adds.
The fire department spokesman claimed that the properties and assets lost in the hell were estimated at 2 million naira.
“The estimated loss was around two million naira,” Mr Adekunle added.
“The tailor has an electronic sewing machine, a manual machine, customers’ clothes, an iron, furniture, etc. Aluminum still has little hope because some of his works are outside the building , those of the building also burned.”
Apart from the INEC office, this will be the third fire reported in the state since the beginning of the month.
Tuesday morning early the hell razed nine stores at the popular Oja-Oba market, along the road from Ibokun to Osogbo.
On Thursday November 3, a fire also razed a commercial complex around Alekuwodo in Osogbo,.
Gboyega Oyetola, Governor of Osun State, visited the scene of the fire and complained to the victims.
The governor warned the people of the state against actions that could lead to hell.
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