“I warned them not to touch my power connections because my electricity wiring is okay, I have light in my house, but they still went ahead to tamper with the connection from the pole."

Prince Adedeji Magbagbeade looked traumatised. You could see his confusion as he paced around and ignored attempts to comfort him for his loss.

You would wonder if he was also a family member of the deceased. The prince has lost not only his building to the inferno but also about N1.87 million naira to the inferno.

A 37-year-old man, Saminu Rabiu, Jigawa, who was asleep, was reportedly burnt to death along side three police dogs in his custody.

The incident occurred on Monday night at Arawa Quarters within the Gombe metropolis.

The fire outbreak was suspected to have originated from faulty connections done to electricity cables.

Prince Magbagbeade told Bounce News that the fire outbreak was caused by some community members who tried to fix the power problem in the area.

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He explained that the conspiracy started few months ago and this is not the first time he will be losing his property as a result of the so-called maintenance. 

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“The last time they lay their hands on the electricity wiring my electronic appliance worth N170,000 was destroyed.

Adedeji, who was out of Gombe state for his sachet water business in Ogun on the day of the fire outbreak said, “I have now lost everything, the only property left for me are the cloths I have on”.

When asked how the money burnt came to be deposited in this private residence, he said the cash was a payment for a business transaction which his late security guard had been monitoring on his behalf. 

Confirming the incident to Bounce News, DSP Mary Obed Malum, Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Gombe State Police Command, said the Police is investigating the issue to ascertain the cause of the fire.

She added that a man, three police dogs, cash and the three bed room bungalow were all lost to the fire. 

Bounce News also gathered that remains of the victim was on Wednesday afternoon committed to mother earth according to Islamic rites.

When Bounce News asked about the response of the fire service or if they were actually called, Prince Adedeji let out a long and loud hiss waving off both hands to return to his mourning.

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