The fire that razed down the Old Panteka market in Kaduna City on Friday has continued to raise a lot of eyebrows and questions. The fire that started allegedly around 0200hrs quickly destroyed the plywood section for which the Old Panteka was famous before destroying about seventy shops and ware worth millions of Naira.
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai paid a visit to the Old Panteka Market around 10 am on Friday and he expressed his sadness at the unfortunate event. He also commiserated with the traders and stall owners who lost properties worth several thousands of Naira. He however assured them that his administration would ensure that the source of the fire was investigated in order to prevent such events from getting repeated.
One of the traders narrated that it was a loud noise that attracted the attention of the people around at the time. Upon reaching the source of the noise, they saw that an aspect of the plywood section of the Old Panteka market was ablaze. He lamented that the fire spread rapidly and that by the time that the fire service of Kaduna State got to the scene, other parts of the market was ablaze.
The secretary of the Old Panteka market,Mr. Ibrahim Abubakar said that more than seventy shops were burnt completely and the source of the fire was still unidentified. He expressed bitterness at the unfortunate even and said that the full cost of the damages done were still unknown.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Kaduna State governor on media and publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan released a statement on behalf of Governor El-Rufai. In his statement, he read that “As a government, we will get to the root of the matter and also thorough investigation to ascertain the root cause and seek ways to avoid such incidents in the future. May Almighty God restore all that you lot in this unfortunate situation”