Godwin AJOM, Calabar
Between January and November 2022, there have been repeated cases of deadly fire outbreaks that wreaked havoc in Cross River State.
This includes the Sunday 20th November 2022 fire outbreak at Abouchiche, Bekwara Local government Area, bringing it to seven, the major fire incidents in the state.
An eye witness, Tom Alims narrated to TNN that the fire razed seven shops at a shopping complex in the area.
“The Fire outbreak at Abuochiche, Bekwarra LGA earlier today razed down(sic) an entire shopping complex (one of the busiest shopping complexes) in Abuochiche, destroying goods of different businesses worth millions of naira.
“On a day like today, one wonders why the government is so wicked to citizens that the fire service cannot be functional enough to come to the rescue and reduce the impact of losses at times like this.
Similarly, the other six fire outbreaks that have been noted as major outbreaks between January and November, 2021 include that of October 4, 2022 in which six shops were engulfed at Harbour junction (Calabar depot), Calabar.
There was also the incident at Ika Ika Oqua, better known as Marian market which occurred on Tuesday 30 August 2022. Also, there was the January 26, 2022, Essien Street fire in Calabar South Local Government Area, that rendered residents homeless.
Recal also, the Department of Continuous Education and Development Studies in the University of Calabar was on Wednesday, 9 February 2022 gutted by fire. This was followed by the Department of Mathematics, in the same varsity, that was down on Sunday, 30 January 2022.
Also, there was an incident on Sunday, 6 February 2022 at the Department of International Relations University of Calabar which also was not spared.