Lagos State Police Command has denied the fire that razed Kairo market in Oshodi on Thursday was caused by a bomb explosion.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu during the physical assessment of the damages at the market on Friday, said the Explosive Ordinance Department, EOD, of the State Police Command has not discovered any bomb at the scene of the incident, therefore, affirmed that, the fire could not have been caused by a bomb explosion.
He urged people to desist from making inflammatory statements that could set the country on fire, noting that tension is already on a high pedestal in the country.
“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.
While he appealed to those who lost their goods to the fire, he said efforts are ongoing to involve the state government to come to their aid.
Also, the chairman, Oshodi/Isolo Local Government, Bolaji Ariyo appealed to the victims of the inferno to allow the police to conclude their investigations, adding that, after this, a meeting will be convened with the governor to know how to help the people affected.