Emergency responders at the Balogun Market fire, Lagos, Tuesday morning

NEMA confirms one dead, seven injured in Balogun Market fire, receives of 151 Libya returnees

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National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed one person dead and seven injured in early Tuesday morning fire which razed parts of the popular Balogun Market on the Lagos Island, at the shoe dealers section.

Balogun Market fire

The agency also confirmed receiving a total of 151 Nigeria returnees from Libya, Tuesday.

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According to NEMA, the deceased and injured persons have since been evacuated by emergency responders, including a medical team, while four persons who were alleged to have been looting wares were arrested by the police.

“No. 32 Gbajumo Street, Lagos Island, Lagos State fire has been brought under total control.

“The building, from the pent floor used as a store to the 5th and 4th floors, had shown signs of falling due to the heat.”

Emergency responders at the Balogun Market fire, Lagos, Tuesday morning

“Federal, state and local response agencies are on the ground. The fire was said to have started around 10:00 am. The fire also affected a three-storey building beside the five-storey building.

“The three-storey building was completely burnt down. The blockwork part of the five-storey building has collapsed leaving the metal part standing.

“350 shops are located in the five-storey building under fire while the other building has 230 shops. One fatality was recorded with seven persons injured,” the NEMA report read.

Meanwhile, the agency has also confirmed receiving a total of 151 Nigeria returnees from Libya.

The returnees include; 71 adult females, 2 with medical issues, 10 female children and 7 female infants, in addition to 54 adult males, 4 male children and 5 male infants.

The Returnees were received by the Director General of the Agency, Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed at the Cargo Wing of the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

According to NEMA, the the Returnees were brought back through the Assisted Voluntary Repatriation by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

They arrived the airport aboard Al Buraq Air Boeing 737-800 with registration number 5A-DMG at about 1930 hours.

The Director General was represented by Mrs. Adenike Ogunkunle, a Chief Executive Officer, admonished the Returnees to turn a new leaf by taking advantage of the second chance to make a meaningful life upon their safe arrival in the country.

The Director General enjoined youths to thread softly on the urge to rushing out seeking for greener pastures where it no longer exists

The NEMA chief assured the Returnees of continuous of the Federal Government and other International partners in supporting them in reintegration programme to enable them recover fast.

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