A fire outbreak at the Alaba International Market in Lagos has caused significant damage to shanties and properties worth millions of naira.
Firefighters were prevented from accessing the scene by a mob for undisclosed reasons.
The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Magret Adeseye, confirmed the incident.
Adeseye said, “Report reaching Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service at about 12 noon on Friday, indicates shops at the popular Alaba International Market, Ojo, Lagos are on Fire.
“However, fire crew from Ojo, Sari-Iganmu and Ajegunle are being turned back by angry mobs from performing their statutory duty but presently on standby.
“The agency is consequently, collaborating wth Security Agents to address it.”