A fire outbreak at the Magami Junction in Jalingo yesterday gutted a veterinary clinic and other businesses leaving the victims stranded and crying for government’s intervention.
The fire outbreak which started around 6:30 PM at Magami junction, along Hamaruwa way at the city center gutted most of the wares in stock leaving the owners completely stranded.
Speaking to our correspondent this morning, the victims said that the fire did not only take down the wares but also burnt to ashes the means of livelihood of most of the families involved.
Mrs Faustina Nwakama, MD of Emmet Ladies Wears that was razed to ashes said that she still could not come to terms with the fact that her life efforts and struggles are all taken from her in one fell swoop.
“My brother, this is my life’s work and struggle that you are seen there in ashes. I can’t believe this is not a dream. If the governor does not come to our rescue, then we are finished”, tearful Nwakama said.
Aliyu Yahuza of Amira Technology Ltd said that he watched helplessly as his means of livelihood was turned to ashes and could not help but wonder how to begin again all over. “This is not easy. Unless there is some assistance somewhere, I can’t imagine how I am going to start all over again from scratch”, he said.
Meanwhile, the landlord of the shops Alhaji Musa Babalau blamed the State fire service for the damage done to the place. According to Babalau, the fire service were contacted immediately the fire started but they did not respond saying they had no Diesel until the place was completely razed down before they came in two hours after they were contacted.
Another victim Josephine Okonkwo said the attitude of the fire service men who usually don’t fail in collection of fire service charges was “most appalling as they were behaving as if they did not realize this was our lives at stake. Let me see any of them coming to collect any mumu fire service charge or whatever they call it again”.
While no life was lost in the inferno, property worth millions were destroyed as most of the people said they had just stocked their shops after Christmas sales to start the new year and now had nothing to fall back to.
They therefore call on governor Darius Ishaku to quickly come to their aid by providing any assistance possible to enable them bounce back.
By, Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo