By Victor Osehobo, Benin CityPOLICE Officers Wives
Association, POWA, shopping
mall located near the Zone 5
headquarters of the Nigerian
Police in Benin City, was in
the early hours of Tuesday
gutted by fire, which destroyed
property worth millions of
Nigerian Pilot gathered
from residents of Adesuwa
Grammar School Road in the
Government Reserved Area,
GRA, in Benin City, that the
fire started around 6.45pm
on Monday evening and
continued unchecked.
Acting chairperson of the
association in the state, Mrs
Elkanah Ayuba told newsmen
that with the inferno which
destroyed over 50 shops along
with assorted goods, POWA
had lost its means of generating
income for the association.
She said, “We do not know
the actual cause of the fire but
we have reported to the police.
After the investigation we will
be able to establish the actual
cause of the fire.
“One of my POWA members
called me to inform me about
the the fire incident. I am in
shock right now as I speak
to you. It is too early to start
calling for help, we have to
go round and access the level
of damage in the plaza and
evaluate how much goods
were lost to the inferno before
soliciting for help from the
government and Nigerians,”
Ayuba said.
She sympathised with the
shop owners who lost their
means of livelihood but gave
thanks to God that no life was
A shop owner, Mr Joseph
Akpan, who sells electronic
items, said “I left my three
children in the shop and went
to work in town. It was other
shop owners that rescued my
children from the smoke that
has already covered my shop; I
lost goods worth N5.6 million
because I just stocked the shop
last Friday.”
Mrs Bose Ajayi, a tailor who
owned one of the burnt shops,
said the inferno destroyed
her five sewing machines and
people’s clothes.
According to her, “I closed
early and just came now to
open my shop but there is no
shop to open. I am appealing
to government and Nigerians
to come and assist us. The
destruction was massive and
goods worth billions of naira were lost

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