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Traders count losses after fire razes Agodi spare parts market

Two traders have died of shock and about 1,222 shops were burnt at last Saturday’s fire incident at the Agodi Gate auto spare parts market, Ibadan, Naija News 247 News.

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Two traders have died of shock and about 1,222 shops were burnt at last Saturday’s fire incident at the Agodi Gate auto spare parts market, Ibadan.

Some of the 1,222 shop owners were seen scavenging through the rubbles with the hope of salvaging some metals, spare parts, tyres, while weak structures were being bulldozed, according to a report by Nigerian Tribune.

It was discovered that the fire had raged on due to blocked entrances into the market for fire service to quickly intervene and an electricity cable which fell on one of the shops where tyres are sold that was close to where metals are cut with gases such as acetylene and propane.

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Traders at the Araromi Motor Spare Parts Market, Agodi Gate, Ibadan, Oyo State, have started counting their losses.

The leadership of the market told The Guardian that the traders lost goods and wares worth trillions of naira. They also claimed to have lost two dealers who died of shock on Saturday due to loss of means of livelihood to the inferno.

The Public Relations Officer of Ibadan Motor Part Dealers Union Association, Araromi Market, Mr Akeem Adejumo, made the disclosure.

Adejumo, who spoke for the chairman of the association, Mr Morufu Olanrewaju Ishola, added that two dealers in the market died as a result of shock occasioned by the loss of their means of livelihood.

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Adejumo said: “It is very unfortunate that the fire started in the night. We lost a lot of goods to the inferno. Many engines were burnt. The goods run into trillions of naira. This is the main market. People come from far and wide to buy spare parts here. The losses were so huge that two dealers have died of shock.”

The statement was corroborated by another leader of the association. Mr Kazeem Adesina, who he lost over three million naira.

Another, Alhaji Barry Saheed, whose shop was affected, said he lost one million naira to the inferno.

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Abduljeleel Olanrewaju, who lost two shops, noted that over N2 million went up in flames. The association urged the government to come to their aid.

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PDP stands better chance of winning 2023 presidential election: Atiku

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Atiku Abubakar, flagbearer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election, says his party stands a good chance of winning.

“The PDP stands the chance to win the presidential election being one of the oldest political parties in the country,” Mr Abubakar told journalists after inaugurating his campaign office in Gombe.

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He said that the party has a huge support base in Gombe State and would leverage on that to ensure victory at the 2023 polls.

He called on PDP supporters in the state to shun campaign of calumny and focus on issue-based campaign so as to attract more supporters.

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Saturday’s visit to Gombe was the third time Mr Abubakar was in the state in 2022 on political overtures.

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U.S. congratulates Nigeria on 62nd Independence anniversary

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U.S. congratulates Nigeria on 62nd Independence anniversary

The United States government has felicitated with Nigeria on her 62nd independence anniversary, reiterating its commitment to help the nation combat terrorism and other forms of insecurity.

A statement by the U.S. secretary of state, Antony Blinken, released on October 1, conveyed the foreign nation’s goodwill.

“On behalf of the United States of America, I extend best wishes to the people of

Nigeria on the 62nd anniversary of their independence,” reads Mr Blinken’s statement.

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“The partnership between our two countries is strong and is built on our shared values

of democracy, diversity, and a spirit of entrepreneurship,” asserted Mr Blinken.

He added that, “The United States is committed to supporting Nigerian efforts to counter terrorism and insecurity, improve health systems, strengthen democratic institutions, promote respect for human rights, and bolster economic growth including through bilateral trade and investment between the United States and Nigeria.”

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With an election year in view, the American government declared its support to help the nation achieve “free and fair elections and value Nigeria’s leadership on global and regional issues including the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Mr Blinken asserted further that the U.S. government looked “forward to expanding our relationship over the coming year and advancing our mutual interests.”

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Tinubu appoints Buni Adviser to campaign council

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The presidential flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni as an adviser on party integration and reconciliation of his campaign council.

The appointment of the Chairman of the defunct APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) was contained in a letter with reference number PCC/DC/APPT/Vol.1/27 by the presidential candidate.

The letter reads: “By way of this letter, we are pleased to formally convey your appointment as the Adviser on Party Integration & Reconciliation of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council

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“This appointment is fitting and appropriate given your impressive political achievement and the exemplary leadership you have demonstrated as governor of your state and as a party member.

“We are grateful that you have joined our campaign team. We know you will do your utmost in this new responsibility so we conduct an effective, message-driven campaign leading us to victory in the 2023 presidential election.

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“Together, not only can we ensure victory for our party in the February 2023 election but we shall also move Nigeria along the path of national greatness by building on the achievements of our party and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in providing progressive good governance to Nigerians.”

While wishing Buni God’s guidance, Tinubu congratulated the Chairman of the defunct APC CECPC.

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