Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has dismissed reports that the Cairo market fire in Oshodi was caused by explosives.
Odumosu, who conducted an on-the-spot assessment of the market on Friday after the incident, said the Explosive Ordinance Department of the police command did not find any proof that the fire was caused by bomb explosion.
“We have seen what happened and we give God the glory no lives were lost. No matter the values of things that were lost, it cannot be compared with lives. We also thank God that the portion that got burnt is not more than the area not burnt.
“Since it started, I have deployed my men and they have been on the ground. My coming is to have a physical assessment of what happened. We are to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order here.
“The rumour going around that it was a bomb should be dismissed.
“The tension is already high in the country and we should not make inflammatory statements.
“That’s why I am here with my technical team, the bomb experts in the police and they have gone round and no proof the fire was caused by a bomb. It has been ruled out that there was a bomb explosion here. No bomb was found here. So people should allow the fire service and the police to conduct their investigation and when the report from their laboratory comes out, we will make a statement”, he said.
He appealed to the affected traders to exercise patience, saying efforts are ongoing to involve the state government to come to their aid.
“We only appeal to the people to control their annoyance and emotion. Whoever is aggrieved, we are appealing to them not to take it too far because we are not going to allow the breakdown of law and order.
“We are deploying our men here both in mufti and uniform. We are up to the task and the chairman will seek palliatives from the governor for those affected. We keep appealing to the people to be patient. The chairman will take it up politically while I take it up to security wise,” he stated.