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Fire gust Aboabu market in Tamale


The Aboabu market in the northern region this dawn has the taste of the fire outbreaks that have ravaged markets in the Ghana. The fire burnt down over five wooden stores housing cereals such as maize, beans, millets, rice among others.

The fire which started about 2 am last night burnt down all the wooden shops containing several bags of cereals and other items worth thousands of Ghanaian cedis within the periphery.

 There was no casualty.  Eye witnesses say for the timely intervention of the personnel of Ghana national fire service, the damage caused would have been more. Even though the cause of the fire is yet to be established, some of the shop owners suspect that Marijuana smokers are behind the cause of the fire.

According to them, after the close of business transaction each day, they take over the market and do whatever they like.

The traders are therefore calling on the city authorities and the regional police command to assist them flash out the criminals.

While some victims were attributing the cause of the fire to the Marijuana smokers in the markets, others were praising them saying if they were not around the whole market would have been raised down by the fire. Briefing the northern regional minister and his team, secretary of the traders association Zakaria Fuseini said their members are shocked about the incident.

He told the minister and his team that the market witnessed similar incidents about two decades ago and never expected such an incident to recur. Meanwhile, Northern Regional fire service commander, Douglas Yiri says the service has launched investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire. He said his outfit is investigating the incident and that they don’t suspect any foul play.

Northern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah assures the traders of total security. DCOP Ken Yeboah said ‘effective today after six pm the market will be locked and nobody will be allowed to enter it’.

Northern regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru Limuna urges the traders to move away from the market exactly 6 pm. Alhaji Limuna warns that the security will not allow anyone in the market be you aqueen or whoever because security is paramount in the market.

The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tamale, Hanan Gundadow Abdul Rahman says the assembly will hold discussion with security agencies and the leadership of the market over the incident.


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