N500m Burns In Kebbi
Some traders in Kebbi State have recorded huge losses.
Their expectation for their goods has turned to lamentation, as a truck conveying goods worth 800 million Naira from various markets to Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday caught fire after it downed an electric cable crossing the highway.
Only few items were saved while over 500 million Naira was lost.
An eyewitness, Adamu Tanko, told reporters in Birnin Kebbi, that the fire; caused by a spark, engulfed the truck and consumed the goods.
Tanko said the truck was completely burnt, but the driver and his assistant escaped.
The eyewitness further said bystanders called the Kebbi State Fire Service, which promptly responded and saved a few of the goods.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the truck was chartered by about 100 retailers from various markets in Birnin-Kebbi.
According to findings, the goods had arrived from Sokoto, Kano, Ibadan, Kaduna and Lagos States and were being transported to their owners.
Some of the goods included motorcycles, textiles, electronics, tiles, fans, generators, provisions, engine oil, vegetable oil, and others.
One of the retailers whose goods was in the truck, Faruq Hamidu, said he lost almost all his goods.
“The truck carried about 800 million Naira worth of goods. However, from the receipts we gathered from our colleagues, we got 500 million Naira goods bought by individual traders.
“We have also set up a committee to ascertain the worth of all the goods lost in the incident and as I am speaking with you now, they are still receiving more receipts from the affected businessmen,” Hamidu said.
He pleaded with the state government to come to the aid of the affected traders to shield them from bankruptcy, stressing that many of them collected loans to purchase those items.
The spokesman for the Kebbi State Police Command, Danjuma Possy, confirmed the incident, saying it happened along Jega-Birnin Kebbi Road at about 11 a.m.
No lives were lost in the incident, he added.