A trader at the Alaba International Market, Lagos State, Ms. Kamlotachukwu Arum, has accused local market guards of looting her shop of goods worth an estimated N65 million naira.
Arum claimed that the men also set her shop ablaze to cover up their crime.
She stated that efforts to involve the police were frustrated by the market leaders, who tried convincing her that the fire was divinely orchestrated.
Arum reported that on March 3, 2020, she received a call from one of the traders asking if she was aware that her shop had been burnt.
She said that she was surprised when she got to the scene and observed that only her shop was affected.
She said she could not find the remnant of burnt goods, which aroused her suspicion that there was more to the fire.
She said, “When I got to my shop, I discovered that things were not normal, because inside my shop, where I had about 300 units of keyboard that I just took delivery of that week, there were no scraps or remnants of the goods. The few scraps were only arranged along the line of the shops but there was nothing inside my shop. The upper part of my shop, where I kept my goods, looked as if it was swept; so, I smelt a rat and rushed to the Ojo Police Station that night and an officer followed me to the market.
“According to report, seven security guards were on duty that day and they did not report the incident to the police or the fire service; they also did not inform anyone in the market when the alleged incident was happening. It was when I called the market’s CSO that he informed the chairman.
“I went back to the police station the following day and the DPO told me that an arrest could not be made in the market until the chairman instructed them, but our chairman travelled to Abuja and when I called him, he said I should tell the DPO to arrest the security guards on duty on the day of the incident until he returned and when I went back to tell the DPO, he said I should tell the chairman to call him, but the chairman said I should hold on till he returned from his journey; so, the police were unable to make an arrest.
“The chairman called when he got back to invite me to his office and when I got there, he said he and the elected officers had interrogated the security guards on duty and that his position was that I should take whatever decision I wanted to take to get to the root of the matter.”Follow us on social media