The reaction that attracted protest over the inferno that raised Akesan market in Oyo that was said to have allegedly consume three people has continued to generate controversy as to what led to their death.
The Oyo state police command on its part has washed its hands from the killings saying reports that those said to have been killed while protesting the failure of fire-fighters in the town to respond to the fire incident did not come from them.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer; sp Olugbenga Fadeyi and that which was made available to Urban Express-News online yesterday, said: “Contrary to widely spread news on the fire incident at Akesan Market, there was no single shot from the police personnel in Oyo.
He stated that “Police personnel were deployed immediately to the scene to prevent hoodlums from capitalizing on the situation to loot shops and property in the area. Concerted efforts are being intensified to prevent the breakdown of law and order, the statement added”
However, the state governor, Seyi Makinde has commiserated with the victims of the fire outbreak and promised to investigate the cause of the incident.
Makinde, while reacting through his official Facebook account said he received the shocking news of the fire outbreak and appealed for calm.
According to him: “I received with shock the news of the fire outbreak at Oja Akesan in Oyo Town in the early hours of this morning. Words cannot convey my deep sadness at this incident and I sympathise with the victims. I appeal for calm as we investigate the circumstances around the unfortunate incident.”
At least three persons have allegedly been killed in Oyo town following gunshots by security operatives after some people protested against the failure of the fire-fighters in the town to respond to a ravaging fire incident at Akesan Market.
The fire, which started around 2:00 a.m., razed the market, leaving only a few shops and a filling station.